Irish independent film company, StickyTape Productions are seeking support for their new crowdfunded production “Mildly Different”. Having already raised an impressive €15,000 through Crowdfunding, and a further €8750 through an Arts Council/ADI Ireland grant and Patreon contributors, this is their final push for support to fund the production and post.
This campaign brings to light many things about the Irish film industry. Firstly, it is clear that there are many obstacles standing in the way of independent Irish filmmakers and unfortunately the financial aspect is clearly a major decider in what Irish artists can thrive. What is so significant about “Mildly Different” is that it is going to be done in tandem with both creating art and raising awareness for Autism in women.
As an autistic woman, writer/director Anna Czarska knows firsthand the difficulties that may not be understood by neurotypicals. By creating this film, she will highlight the common misconceptions and misunderstandings about autism in women. One of Czarska’s missions is “to bring a voice to other women who experienced the same.”
Importantly, “Mildly Different” will star Jordanne Jones, an up-and-coming autistic, Irish actor, recently featured on Netflix’s The Alienist. Made and staring autistic artists is so important for diversity and inclusion. Having an autistic character both played and written by autistic artists can ensure the honesty and authenticity that can often only come from experience. Coming off the back of hotly anticipated “Music” directed by Sia which was later slated for depicting autism in such a negative light, it is exciting to see how Czarska will flourish.
Already acclaimed, winning several awards for Best Screenplay, including at the 13th Annual Waterford International Film Festival, there is no doubt that “Mildly Different” will be a hit. Therefore, StickyTape Productions are asking for help; support Autistic artists for Autism month, and to help this Irish independent film HERE.