They call it “Swanky: The Most Awesome Art Show Movie Ever Made By Everybody.”
A group of artistic adults with autism who featured their work in an art show last summer now are planning to walk down the red carpet at a premiere event at an artsy Oklahoma City theater.
David Blose, 23, said he plans to wear a “James Bond tuxedo.”
Their big night will be Nov. 27 at Will Rogers Theatre, 4322 N Western Ave. The event begins at 6 p.m.
Blose showed off one of his paintings as he stood in front of the Will Rogers stage and talked about the premiere, his art and the film.
“It's very exciting and wonderful,” Blose said. “It's going to be so great.”
Brandon Smith, the coordinator of the “Big Swanky” art camp and art show last summer in the Paseo Arts District, said the idea to make short videos of the artists at work turned into a 60-minute show.
More than 400 people attended the art show, and the project continues to captivate people, Smith said.
“I think the bigger picture is thinking differently about people with autism,” he said.
Smith said the film “highlights the experiences of the artists and shows their heart and soul.”
Melinda Lauffenburger, executive director of Autism Oklahoma, a sponsor of the project, said the idea to is to have a “Hollywood type event” for the artists.
“We started making a little bit of film and realized we really had some incredible footage of the young adults with autism,” Lauffenburger said.
Zac Davis, a Norman filmmaker, directed and edited the movie “Swanky.”
Davis, 32, has done promotional videos and other publicity for Autism Oklahoma for several years.
Last summer, he went to the “Big Swanky” art camp in the Paseo Arts District, documenting the work of the adult artists with autism who were painting and preparing for an art show.
Davis said he saw artists with autism have flashes of brilliance that fascinated him.
“There is so much going on inside these kids that we don't see,” Davis said.
“We only see the disability, but there is a whole world going on in them and it comes out in these wonderful moments and then we get a glimpse of them. It is beautiful and inspiring and you really learn a lot.”
Blose likes to work with plastic credit cards, gift cards and floppy discs. Davis said he asked Blose why he uses those for a canvas.
“He (Blose) started telling me about how there is so much waste with everyday plastic and how it all ends up in the landfill. He uses these credit cards and plastic to promote recycling.”
Davis said he has spent several months on “Swanky.”
“We're really just billing this as a community piece to really open people's eyes to what people with autism have to offer,” Davis said.
“They have something to share and a perspective about the world that is fresh and original. I hope people will be able to see that. We usually think of kids with autism, but these kids grow up and they become adults.”
Autism Oklahoma plans more creative projects for adults with autism who are interested in art, executive director Melinda Lauffenburger said. The second “Big Swanky” art camp and show is planned for summer 2013. For more information, go to www.