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AutFest to Screen Power Rangers and With Special Guests RJ Cyler and Co-Writer John Gatins

AutFest to Screen Power Rangers and With Special Guests RJ Cyler and Co-Writer John Gatins

AutFest International Film Festival celebrates autism awareness with a screening of POWER RANGERS (2017), followed by a panel discussion, as part of their 2018 lineup. POWER RANGERS is the first super hero movie to include an autistic lead character, the Blue Power Ranger, as a positive, capable champion of good. Now in its second year, AutFest Film Festival celebrates World Autism Awareness month and is dedicated to promoting films and television programs that spotlight autism awareness and that have the power to enhance the lives of the autistic community.

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Power Rangers Screenwriter, JOHN GATINS and actor RJ CYLER who plays Billy Cranston, an autistic nerd and autistic super hero Blue Ranger, will take part in a discussion and Q&A following the screening.



SCREENING - 12:45 PM | Q&A - 2:50 PM


WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA THEATER, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA


Saturday, April 28:

10:00 AM Block of SHORTS

12:45 PM POWER RANGERS Screening (164 min.)

2:50 PM Panel: POWER RANGERS with Blue Ranger RJ Cyler (Actor) and John Gatin (Co-Writer)

3:45 PM DINA

5:50 PM RANDY'S CANVAS (102 min.)

8:00 PM BARFI (116 min.)

10:00 PM Panel: Love and Relationships with Lindsey Nebeker, Alex Plank, Dani Bowman, Tammy Klein, Chris Tenney, and Tara Risebaum (therapist)

Sunday, April 29:

10:30 AM PLEASE STAND BY Screening (93 min.)

12:00 PM Panel: Ben Lewin (Director), Michael Golamco (Writer) and The Miracle Project's Elaine Hall

1:00 PM ROMAN J ISRAEL, ESQ (162 min.)

3:30 PM Netflix's ATYPICAL - 2 episodes (71 min.)

4:40 PM Panel: Robia Rashid (Creator), David Finch (Writer), Mary Rolich (Producer), Seth Gordon (Executive Producer), Jennifer Jason Leigh(Actress), Keir Gilchrist (Actor), Anthony Jacques (Actor), Nikki Guttman (Actor), Michelle Dean (Autism Consultant)

5:15 PM Red Carpet Opens

5:50 PM ABC's THE GOOD DOCTOR (43 min.)

6:15 PM Red Carpet Closes

6:35 PM Panel: Richard Schiff (Actor), Nicholas Gonzalez (Actor), David Shor (Creator), Melissa Reiner (Autism Consultant)

7:15 PM VIP Reception and Awards Presentation


The second Annual AutFest International Film Festival, presented by The Autism Society, will take place Saturday, April 28 - Sunday, April 29 at the Writers Guild of America Theater in Beverly Hills, California. It will screen six feature-length films, seven shorts and two television shows that that promote autism awareness and/or are made by filmmakers with autism. In addition, AutFest will honor and feature Q&As with actors and MAKERS behind Netflix's Atypical, ABC's The Good Doctor, The Power Rangers, Please Stand By and autism specialists.

As previously announced Sony Pictures Entertainment will be receiving the Visionary Award presented to JEFF FROST, President of Sony Pictures Television Studios, and Co-Presidents of Sony Pictures Television Chris Parnell and JASON CLODFELTER. THE GOOD DOCTOR andAtypical will be receiving Spotlight Awards, honored for their exceptional portrayal of autism in a positive light to help increase understanding and acceptance of people on the spectrum. Additional Festival awards will be presented to filmmakers at the AutFest Closing Reception on Sunday, April 29 at 7:30 pm. For complete festival screening and event schedule and more information, please visit

AutFest sponsors include GOLD: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Hyundai, State of Qatar, SILVER: Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Lindamood Belle, Netflix,FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL: SAG-Aftra, Autism Pie, Bob Wright, Center for Developing Minds, ABC, ICM, Saban, TRIBUTE BOOK: Shuman Management, PCW Props, MEDIA SPONSORS: ABC 7 Eyewitness News and Variety, INKIND: One-Hope W

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