In this tale of two brothers, we explore the dynamic relationship between a man with special needs who craves independence and his younger brother whose interfering doesn't allow either of them to grow. We can't wait to bring you a short film with neuroinclusive casting!
Inclusion StatementOur lead actor is an adult with autism playing a character who has autism. We are led by a female director, assistant director, line producer, and executive producer. Our characters are neurodiverse, diverse, and LGBTQIA.
About The Project
Characters with autism are consistently played by neurotypical actors, yet there are so many amazing performers with autism! While we love representation, we advocate for neuro-inclusive casting.
One of our favorite people, Ben Dworken, is a neurodiverse actor living in NYC. He is talented, charismatic, hardworking, and a master networker; if you haven't already met Benny D., you're living under a rock! He is always looking to connect his fellow artists and champions community.
When David, the writer and costar, and Erin, the director, realized they both knew Benny D, their excitement could only be matched by Ben's.
When David met Ben's real life brother, he was inspired to write. David asked Erin, "what if Benny D. and I were brothers?" and their answer was a fun, heartwarming story about balancing autonomy with connection.
We have our diverse and neuroinclusive cast and crew. We have our fun and heartwarming script. We have our talented female director leading the way. All we need now is YOU. With your help, we can not only create a wonderful story, but we can show others the benefits of neuroinclusive casting.
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About This Team
David Bonderoff Writer, Actor, Producer
David Bonderoff is a neurotypical actor and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is known for his work with EPIC Players, a neurodiverse theatre company, and for his upcoming role in Syfy's "Happy!" David studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio and comedy at UCB.
Ben Dworken Actor, Associate Producer
Ben Dworken is a neurodiverse actor living with autism in NYC. He’s originally from Connecticut and moved in the city almost 4 years ago to pursue a social life in the theater arts and to become an actor himself. He has appeared in many theater productions and films in the city and is currently working on more in addition to Older Brothers.
Chris Holliday Executive Producer
Chris Holliday is a neurotypical producer, actor, and writer. As a producer, Chris draws on her product management and consulting experience in the corporate world, as well as her experience as an actor for the last decade. Her last short, The Handy man, was selected at iTVFest and NY Shorts International Film Festival.
Erin Roth Director, Producer
Erin Roth is a neurotypical director, producer, writer and actor. As a director, she draws on her varied experience - including comedy improv and drama therapy. As a producer, her projects have been accepted at festivals both at home and abroad, including the Raindance International Film Festival in London, and most recently iTVFest.