Saturday, September 16 at 3:00 pm
Screens in “Meet the Makers” shorts program
In a non-descript studio by the railroad tracks in small-town Irondale, Alabama, a group of adults with autism and their dedicated instructors convene every day to make art. In “Do You Like Peacocks?” we get to know the unique personalities behind the “mask” of autism as the group works towards its annual benefit auction, which not only sustains the organization but also provides income and esteem for the artists themselves. The images these artists create are stunning in their attention to detail and beautiful in their innocence and originality, much like the individuals behind the work. The film reveals the artists’ distinct abilities and behaviors as their art draws us into a world apart, yet one that can connect to “normal” society. These artists have largely been excluded from that world. Many have led difficult lives that include being institutionalized, ignored or dismissed. “Do You Like Peacocks?” gives its audience a moving glimpse into a realm full of possibility and a new understanding of what it means to have autism.
Director: Mary Clay Fields
2017, 30 min.
Mary Clay Fields began her work in visual arts after stealing her dad’s Nikon camera from the attic. She set up a darkroom in her family’s garage and published photographs in her high school newspaper and yearbooks. Upon graduation from Duke University in 1983, Mary Clay began a career on Wall Street selling Eurobonds for various investment banks. After retiring to raise her children, she continued to pursue her interest in visual media, studying film at New York’s School of Visual Arts and New York University. To date “Do You Like Peacock’s?”, Mary Clay’s first published short, has been “selected” by eleven film festivals across the country. When she is not editing or filming, Mary Clay tends to her jewelry line and woodworking projects. She resides in Connecticut and New York City with her wife and two dogs.