Director MARK BONE (Canada 2022) 86 min
Far from a simple rock doc, OKAY! is packed with pathos and punchlines as the ASD Band (for autism spectrum disorder) plans its first public performance in February ’22. The band members — a quartet of Toronto-based musicians, all on the autism spectrum –– offer plenty of on-camera commentary regarding their respective struggles, which should prove educational for many. But this documentary distinguishes itself by going deeper than that. Director Mark Bone weaves together story threads (and Toronto locations) in a way that allows the audience to feel invested in the jitters experienced by its four underdog heroes as the big date for their big show approaches. With a compelling story and interesting leads, not to mention plenty of catchy tunes that’ll likely be bopping around inside viewers’ heads long after the credits have rolled, this one’s more than just okay.
FRIDAY, MAY 12 • 4:30
Based in Toronto, MARK BONE was first inspired to pursue documentary filmmaking when he spent time as an aid worker during the Darfur war helping refugees who were fleeing into Egypt. OKAY! (The ASD Band Film), which won the Audience Award at HotDocs, is his feature debut.
|RUNNING TIME:||86 min|
|PRODUCERS:||Andrew Simon, Tamara Sulliman, David Bodanis, Amalie Bruun, Gregory Rosati|
|NOTE WRITER:||Zaki Hasan|