PBS to Premiere Doc Adaptation of ‘In a Different Key’ in December
The film was presented by GBH in Boston and centers on Caren Zucker, a journalist and co-director, as she searches for Donald Triplett, an autistic child. The film will follow the friendship of Triplett, a Mississippi-based filmmaker, and Zucker, who have an autistic child, as she struggles with the future for her child after she dies. In A Different Key premieres on PBS at 9:00 ET.
Fellow journalist John Donvan, a longtime network correspondent and producer, co-directed the film with Zucker, a former producer for ABC World News Tonight and Nightline. Liberty Mutual funded the film with original music by Wynton Maralis.
Zucker stated in a film statement that “Really, It’s an Untold Story of an Unrecognized Civil Rights Movement,” “But it’s also love story, where justice is moving in the right direction, but not fast enough for mothers such as me .”
Donvan and Zucker co-wrote the book In A Different Key: The Story of Autism ,, which was published in 2016. It was a finalist for 2017 Pulitzer Prize. Zucker and Donvan first established a relationship with Triplett when they co-wrote the 2010 The Atlantic magazine story, “Autism’s First Child,” which was included in The Best American Magazine Writing 2011 compendium.
Triplett was deemed “Case 1” in a 1943 article that reported on what is now called Autism Spectrum Disorder, or autism. He has lived in his hometown of Forest, Mississippi his whole life, which Zucker and Donvan described as “long, happy, [and] surprising” in their Atlantic story.
Dovnan said that the film would touch people who don’t necessarily have a direct connection to autism. “Every community can be part of the solution for supporting people on the spectrum, including where they work, live, go to school and beyond.”