Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17:
Jeff Petry and Nathan Drillot
Hot Docs 2016
DOXA, Portland, Rendezvous with Madness
A portrait of a pinball champion who is on the autism spectrum.
Robert Gagno showed an early fascination with mechanical devices, while also struggling with language. Diagnosed with autism, his parents feared he would never be able to communicate, but despite challenges, he defied medical prognoses and is now a very communicative young adult. He’s also a pinball master, having found an affinity for the game and quickly ranking up with the elite players. Petry and Drillot’s appealing film follows Gagno on the competition circuit while also revealing the background and personality of their likeable, refreshingly vulnerable subject as he aims to master the hidden wizard levels of his favorite games and works toward attaining greater independence in life.