Celebrating Brandon Boyd: A Trailblazing Filmmaker with Autism
In the heart of Nova Scotia’s vibrant film community, a rising star is making waves and challenging stereotypes. Meet Brandon Boyd, a talented filmmaker whose passion for storytelling transcends the screen, and whose journey reflects resilience, determination, and an unwavering commitment to representation.
When asked about his journey into filmmaking, Brandon shared, “Film connects my entire family together.” Inspired by his grandfather’s love for movies, Brandon has always been passionate about film but recognized the lack of representation for people with autism in the film industry. “With my mother being a union representative for hospital workers and my aunt Pamela being a director of an organization that helps people that are blind, this led me to follow in their footsteps and help others who are autistic or disabled. Brandon is an active community leader and has been an ambassador to multiple organizations including ILNS, REACHABILITY and more.
His mission is clear: to tell meaningful stories through his art and pave the way for more autistic talent in the cinematic world.
A ‘Pitch’ Perfect Victory: Lunenburg Doc Fest
A recent highlight in Brandon’s journey was a triumphant win at The Launch’s Pitch Contest during the Lunenburg Doc Fest. His documentary pitch, a testament to his unique perspective and storytelling prowess, secured him a well-deserved $10,000 prize. This recognition propelled Boyd into the spotlight, marking another milestone in his promising career in filmmaking.
Dear Hollywood: Breaking Barriers in the Film Industry
One of Boyd’s groundbreaking projects, “Dear Hollywood,” served as his introduction to the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative. In this film, Brandon challenges the lack of representation for Autistic people in the film making process. Dear Hollywood also made it’s way onto television, featured on a program called Disrupt! His work serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of representation and the need for diverse voices in the film industry. Watch Dear Hollywood here.
What Do You Think: A Follow-Up Triumph
In collaboration with ANS and scheduled to screen at Oregon Hall on December 5th, “What Do You Think” is the anticipated follow-up to “Dear Hollywood.” Brandon’s storytelling prowess continues to captivate audiences as he explores the untold stories within the autism community. Following a successful screening at the Silverwave Film Festival in New Brunswick, Brandon’s work is gaining recognition not only locally but on a broader stage. Watch the trailer for What Do You Think here.
Wave Theory: Profiling Autism through Art
Boyd’s upcoming project, “Wave Theory,” promises to be a poignant exploration of autism through the lens of Leona, a musician and mother of an autistic son. Through this project, Brandon aims to shed light on the diverse experiences within the autism community, using his platform to amplify voices that often go unheard.
A Message for Aspiring Filmmakers: Be Yourself
Brandon Boyd’s advice for those interested in filmmaking is simple yet profound: “Believe in the story.” Emphasizing the importance of authenticity, he urges aspiring filmmakers to be true to themselves, reject stereotypes, and stay firm in their identity. For those on the spectrum pursuing a career in entertainment, Brandon encourages them not to let others define them or change who they are.
With unyielding determination, Brandon asserted, “This is who I am; you cannot change me.”
As we celebrate Brandon Boyd’s achievements, we are reminded that storytelling has the power to break down barriers, challenge norms, and inspire change. Brandon Boyd, with his unique voice and vision, is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in the world of filmmaking, proving that diversity is not only necessary but a driving force behind powerful narratives.
Keep Up With Brandon!
For a more in-depth look into Brandon Boyd’s journey and upcoming projects, check out his interviews on CBC. https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2268366403565