Director: Alyssa Asaro
Fantasy | Canada | 16 min
Fish Out of Water follows the story of 12-year old Henry, a non-verbal boy with Cerebral Palsy. While facing a difficult transition into school and with his brother growing more distant, Henry comes in contact with an alien.
Screens in Shorts Program: Things Are Not as They Seem
The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel
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Alyssa is a writer and director from Scarborough, Ontario. From a young age, knew that she wanted to go into the arts and attended Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, studying music, film, and animation before going to Ryerson University for Film Studies. In her years at Ryerson, she has written and directed a variety of films. In July of 2016, she received the Young Filmmakers Award for her first-year film, Spliced, which was screened at the FilmOneFest in New Jersey. Film for Alyssa is not only an expression of creativity, but an opportunity to bring forward new ideas and give others a voice. Her fiction work has been mostly in the genre of science fiction. She has also worked on documentaries focusing on different individuals’ experiences of life, notably Brush Strokes, which focuses on an artist and competitive swimmer with Cerebral Palsy. After working three consecutive summers with children with special needs, she has decided to focus her work more on representing some of these unique individuals in film, which was inspiration for her most recent work, Fish Out of Water.