A parent drops you off at the Spectrum Laboratory Studio for the first time. You walk through the parking lot, a little overwhelmed and anxious but encouraged to try this new experience. As you enter the studio, one student introduces you to the Spectrum Laboratory and a few students who begin singing and playing music together. The tour turns into a cornucopia of sound and color as everybody sings together about overcoming the challenges of autism through art. As the song comes to a resolution, you find yourself in the middle of a beautiful, diverse, loving family who is ready to embrace you as one of their own.
Roberto Drilea works in documentary and fiction, film and VR, creating experiences that reflect and refract human complexity and transcend boundaries imagined and imposed upon us. Raised in Romania, he graduated from Northwestern University and lives in NY, working as a director, DP and editor under his boutique production banner, Pixel & Rhyme.