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Peter's Pond

Peter’s Pond is a short documentary showcasing the affect the life and death of my autistic brother had on my family, community, and myself. This film will go through a day in the life of what it was like to live with an autistic sibling and what role an autistic child plays in our society, and how they challenge the metrics of what it means to be worthy of love, attention, and acceptance in a society controlled by exclusivity.

  • Casiano Hamer Hamer
    Bred, Stud
  • Theo Teris
    Rocket Ship, Howards End
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student, Other
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 9, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    13,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Flicker's Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Rhode Island
Director Biography - Casiano Hamer Hamer

Casiano Roman Hamer is a writer/director based in New York City. He is currently pursuing an MFA in film at NYU. He is also a graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and a minor in Creative Writing.

He is originally from Chicago, IL and grew up in Bridgeport, CT. He is of mixed ethnicities being both African-American and Cuban American and has used his experience to express the complexities of finding personal identity through film.

Through his experiences in film he has been able to support a scholarship program through a narrative thesis film, contribute to an educational curriculum in Harlem, and create video content for fashion, documentary, and music entertainment companies (RevoltTV/PublicRecord/TechRow,etc.). He values the combination of filmmaking for its potential to represent marginalized communities, philanthropy and to entertain. He will continue to pursue these potentials in his future of narrative/documentary filmmaking.

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Director Statement

The documentary follows the story of a family recounting and reconciling the loss of a family member. Through the journey of one family member going back home to put together the pieces left by the recent death of his brother, the mental health crisis in America is unveiled. Theo Teris will recount the experiences of his brother Pete leading to the moments of the incident that led to his passing. He will leave no stone unturned, speaking with health professionals, scholars, relatives and friends to understand the severity of his battle with Autism as well as its perception in society. He will see the side of his brother experienced by the people around him while growing closer to understanding every part of him as a brother and a member of a community.
The approach to this documentary is to give a “day in the life” experience for the audience to see what it was like to be a sibling and parent of an autistic child. It will build, piece by piece, who Peter Teris was through the memories, medical records, and places that were a part of him. As the film follows Theo re-exploring Venetia, PA through the eyes of Peter the audience will engage with the geographical impression of Peter and how he spent his time as a member of the town. The will experience the small idiosyncratic moments of Peter’s life, such as ordering food at the local Chic-Fil-A, and his impression that he left on the staff that made his order. Theo will also speak with his family and unpack Peter’s past, both the warmth and difficulty his family experienced raising him. In New York, we will experience the clinical aspect of Peter’s relationship with autism. Through reports of how autism affects people across the world including Peter, the audience will gage a better understanding of how autism and how it operates as a part of who an individual is. Through the retelling of Peter’s relationship with health care professionals, the audience will understand how autism is treated in society. Through the retelling of Peter’s relationship with his community and their perspective of him, the audience will understand who Peter is to the public and how people like him are treated by similar communities.
In the conclusion of the film, Theo will turn the camera to himself and reveal his take on sharing his life with his brother and how he is experiencing his absence. The audience will gage a very personal account of one’s love for Peter, for their own brother, and will understand the motivation behind the film. It will challenge the audience on their perspective of autism, how they encounter those who have it, and how they share their lives with the people around them. The film will tie in cinematic footage that captures the texture and tone of Pete’s world as vibrant as he experienced it. It will tie in photos and places and physical items that symbolize Pete’s past and his connection to others. It will also delve into the science of who he was as an individual with autism and how it affected him. It will overall confront the audience about perspectives on autism versus the reality of an individual living with it. It will show what is like to love someone with autism and how to except one while at the same challenging the audiences current relationship with someone with autism or any member of a marginalized identity.