Erik Linthorst, Director/Producer

An award-winning multi-platform content creator for film, television and the web, Erik’s produced work has been at the cinemaplex, on television (including Showtime, Starz Network and PBS) and at over 20 international film festivals.

His writing credits include HIGH SCHOOL (Adrien Brody) which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Anchor Bay Films, and COME AS YOU ARE (Gabourey Sidibe) which was executive produced by Franklyn Leonard and the Black List and had its worldwide premiere at the 2019 SXSW film festival.

Additionally, Erik has written or produced work for Radar Pictures, Cosmic Entertainment, Parallel Media, Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Entertainment and others.

His documentary work includes the award-winning PBS documentary AUTISTIC-LIKE: GRAHAM’S STORY, which was broadcast to 85 million US households, and has screened in over 30 countries.

Jody Becker, Writer/Producer

Autism Goes to College is Jody’s twelfth documentary film project. All of the films have been nationally broadcast on PBS, and screened at festivals worldwide, including Full Frame, Palm Beach, Inclus (Barcelona) and SF DocFest where Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck (Dir. Olympia Stone) won the Audience Award. Mr. Connolly Has ALS, (Dir. Dan Habib) won Best Documentary at numerous festivals, was a 2017 International Documentary Association nominee for Best Documentary Short, and was selected for YouTube’s curated ReelStories.

An accomplished multimedia journalist, Jody works with reporters and producers at the public radio business show Marketplace, and the Marketplace podcasts Marketplace Tech and Make Me Smart. Her work has also appeared on NPR, the New York Times.com, the Atlantic.com, in Variety, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times the LA Times and other newspapers and magazines. Her reporting in the public interest was recognized with a Knight Fellowship at Yale Law School, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Law.

She also has a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. Autism Goes to College is her second film with Director Erik Linthorst.

Randy Abrams, Editor / Post Production Producer

A senior level marketing professional with 20+ years experience as an award-winning creative and strategic problem solver for networks, studios and advertising agencies in the areas of sports, entertainment marketing and brand advertising. Consistently led diverse teams to produce exceptional creative work under demanding business conditions. Generated viewership on the network side. Increased revenue on the agency side by ten times. Bolstered and staffed many marketing departments drawing on deep industry connections. Special expertise in launching and branding television networks and programming. 

Alexander Sutton-Hough, Director of Photography

Alex graduated from CSU Northridge with a degree in Film Production and Cinematography. Since, he has shot numerous short films, music videos, interviews and live events. 

Shoubert David, Director of Photography

Shoubert has directed and produced both domestic and international projects. My passion has been working with nonprofits but been blessed to have a good mix of both public and private sector projects. He has travelled to Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America and all over North America, filming short documentary style films to capture and help my clients share their stories through video. Shoubert feels blessed to do what he loves and honored to have worked with so many great people and organizations who are making a positive change in our world daily

Daniel Bruson, Animation Director

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Daniel is an independent animation director and graphic artist from Brazil. His work encompasses projects for film, music videos, series, visual arts, advertising and music. Animation work highlights include the commissioned short films “Pete’s Story”, Best Portfolio Film at Anima Mundi 2016 and Official Selection of the Annecy Festival 2016, and “Me, by J‐Money”, for the Preschool Poets series. The music videos for the songs “Uterine Death And Life”, by Paula Cavalciuk, Official Selection of Anima Mundi 2018 and the New Orleans Film Festival 2018, “Breech Delivery”, by The Biggs and “Jealousy”, by Rafael Castro.

He is the art director for the Brazilian stop motion feature film “Bob Cuspe ‐ We Don’t Like People” (in production), and co‐director in the stop motion feature film “Storm” (in development), both produced by Coala Filmes. He’s also graphic designer and co‐producer of the Brazilian music festival Febre. Contact danielbruson.com daniel@danielbruson.com www.fb.com/danielbruson/

Shoubert has directed and produced both domestic and international projects. My passion has been working with nonprofits but been blessed to have a good mix of both public and private sector projects. He has travelled to Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America and all over North America, filming short documentary style films to capture and help my clients share their stories through video. Shoubert feels blessed to do what he loves and honored to have worked with so many great people and organizations who are making a positive change in our world daily

Brandon Roberts, Composer

From the pulsing action of World War Z and Logan, to the period drama of AMC’s TURN: Washington Spies, Brandon Roberts’ music can be found all over the film-scoring world today.

Surrounded by the eclectic musical scene of his hometown, Carmel, CA, Brandon developed his musical interests at a young age earning awards from Clint Eastwood and The Monterey Jazz Festival. In 1995 he began studies at the University of Southern California where he composed for many of the jazz ensembles. In addition, he began writing for orchestra and soon entered into the prestigious USC Scoring for Motion Pictures & Television graduate program. Here he studied with industry greats including Elmer Bernstein and David Raksin.

Upon graduating from the University of Southern California, Brandon continued composing for films, television and albums in a wide range of styles. Composition projects include such large-scale feature films as A Quiet Place, Logan, The Wolverine, and World War Z. In addition, he has composed for several independent features including The Woman In Black, Warm Bodies, and The Giver.

Brandon’s music can be found in acclaimed television shows as well including Battlestar Galactica, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, V, and AMC’s Revolutionary War spy drama, TURN: Washington’s Spies.

Most recently, Brandon completed the score to Unbroken: Path To Redemption for Universal Pictures, as well as a co-score with frequent collaborator Marco Beltrami for Fox’s upcoming Kirsten Stewart thriller, Underwater.

Brandon resides in Tarzana, CA and is a dual-citizen of United States and Canada.

Alexander Bornstein, Composer

Alexander Bornstein is an award-winning composer currently based in Los Angeles. His music has been heard on television, independent films, feature films, web series, documentaries in the festival circuit, and concert halls around the U.S.  Alexander has also been at the forefront of new multimedia platforms, composing music for one of the first VR television series.

SCHEMATIC, Alexander’s debut album, launched in the Summer of 2017 and is now available on all music platforms.

His work has brought him through major music studios including Abbey Road Studios, Remote Control Productions and Sonic Fuel Studios.

Jan Blacher, Executive Producer

Jan Blacher received her A.B. in Psychology from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Special Education/Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently Distinguished Professor, former UC Presidential Chair and now Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. She has a joint appointment as Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA.

Dr. Blacher is known internationally for her research on developmental disabilities, and for her expertise in autism and special educational programming. She is frequently asked to appear as an Expert Witness in contested cases involving right-to-education suits for children with autism. Dr. Blacher is an Editor for the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research and consulting editor on several other leading journals in the area of autism or developmental disability. Dr. Blacher recently served as President of Division 33 (Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder) of the American Psychological Association. In addition to having Fellow status in three research organizations, Dr. Blacher has also been selected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Blacher is Director of SEARCH, a Family Autism Resource Center she established at UC Riverside. Her research, which is longitudinal in nature, focuses on the family context of children and adolescents with and without developmental disabilities, including predictors of later psychopathology. She has published on family coping in Anglo and Latino families and is currently studying the cultural context of autism and the transition to early schooling for children with autism. Dr. Blacher has received many years of funding from the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Her most recent research, Autism 101, involves faculty and their college students on the autism spectrum. This work set the stage for the documentary, Autism Goes to College.