The new documentary Best and Most Beautiful Things follows a young woman named Michelle Smith who is legally blind and on the autism spectrum. Searching for connection, Michelle explores love and empowerment outside the limits of “normal” through a provocative sex-positive community.
“In making this film, I was hit hard with the realization that our society blatantly excludes people with disabilities every day,” filmmaker Garrett Zevgetis said in his director’s statement. “There is a 75 percent unemployment rate for people who are blind in this country. This is a diversity issue which goes to the heart of our humanity. How can we shift the paradigm to value people like Michelle who have different abilities, talents, and perspectives? We must bridge the ocean of fear and misunderstanding that isolates and dehumanizes people considered as ‘other.'”
Best and Most Beautiful Things is executive-produced by Kevin Bright — one of the guiding lights behind Friends — and opens at New York’s Cinema Village on Dec. 2 and at Laemmle Monica Film Center on Dec. 9. The film will be released digitally later in the month.
See the trailer for Best and Most Beautiful Things below and an exclusive clip above.