Here’s the first trailer for Po, a drama starring Covert Affairs alum Christopher Gorham as David, a widowed father struggling to raise a son with autism. He only wants the best for his sixth-grader, but every day is a struggle as young Patrick (Julian Feder) — who Dad calls Po — acts out, is bullied at school and often lives in an imaginary world he calls the Land of Color.
The boy is a math wiz and reads the Wall Street Journal, but he is withdrawing into his own world after the cancer death of his mom, with whom he was very close. And David is close to losing his high pressure job. When a therapist (Brian George) talks about a “residential treatment center,” David says, “You want me to put Po in a home?” But a young girl named Amelia (Caitlin Carmichael) and a woman named Amy (Kaitlin Doubleday) enter the father and son’s lives and help both in their struggles.
John Asher directed Po, which was written by Colin Goldman and Steve C. Roberts. The pic from Commonwealth Film and New Coast Productions begins its festival tour in April, which is Autism Awareness Month, and Paramount Studios is hosting a free public screening on April 5. Burt Bacharach, whose daughter struggled with Asperger’s syndrome, scored the film and will attend the screening along with Asher, Gorham, and Doubleday. Check out the trailer above.