Film ‘Treasure’ sheds light on how autism affects African-Americans

“Treasure,” a film written and directed by Portland native Kathryn Elise Drexler, premiered in the Portland Film Festival on Oct. 27.

The Los Angeles-based filmmaker and daughter of NBA Hall of Famer and former Portland Trailblazer Clyde Drexler received a MFA in film directing/production from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television.

A quaint “slice of life” story filmed in Hood River, “Treasure” takes a unique look at the challenges facing an African-American family in the 1990s in dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder, an impairing condition where an individual struggles to engage in communication, especially in social situations. “Treasure” tells the story of 13-year old Austin (played by Jesse LaMon) whose determined mother (Deanna…

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