Netflix acquired worldwide rights to Asperger’s Are Us at the SXSW fest in Austin today. The documentary, marking the debut of first-time director Alex Lehmann, follows the Boston comedy troupe that gives the film its title, and was exec produced by Duplass Brothers Productions.
Asperger’s will be released on Netflix later this year. The Asperger’s Are Us troupe — Noah Britton, Ethan Finlan, Jack Hanke, and New Michael Ingemi — mine their real-life Asperger’s for comedy, and the docu was described by Neflix as a “poignant, heartwarming and humorous coming-of-age film.”
“I spend most of my nights searching Netflix for new and interesting documentaries,” said Mark Duplass. “Aspergers Are Us, with its dry, winning, massive heart, has found the perfect place to be discovered around the world.”
The film makes is world premiere today at the festival, and is the first major docu deal to spring from this year’s event. “This is the kind of film that needs a smart, hungry audience,” said Lehmann, who’s worked as a cinematographer for more than a decade. “Nobody taps into that audience better than Netflix.”
Asperger’s Are Us was executive produced by Duplass Brothers Productions in association with producers Sean Bradley and Chris Dowling. ICM Partners and Submarine negotiated the deal with Netflix on behalf of the filmmakers.