This project gallery represents the work of our network of creative activists including media produced by Creative Activist Program members, fiscal sponsees, and Creative Visions Productions. 

Don't Foil My Plans

Ben Stamper

Don't Foil My Plans is feature length documentary about autism, creativity and coming of age. Director Ben Stamper follows a young artist with autism in his quest for independence. 

Justin Canha, a New Jersey-based artist in his mid-twenties whose diagnosis places him in the middle of the autism spectrum. Don't Foil My Plans is a lyrical, penetrating documentary about the population boom of adults with autism and the incredible odds they must face to achieve even the smallest forms of independence. 

The film is told from a relational, rather than analytical, point of view. It is not an issue-driven documentary full of statistics and talking heads, nor is it an exposé on the causes and controversy of autism. Rather, it is an impressionistic portrait of Justin which celebrates the idea that true strength often resides in perceived weakness, and that human worth abounds even in the midst of social rejection.

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