In Bass Clef Bliss (http://bassclefbliss.com/), the powerful new feature documentary, we see Therese come to terms with this heartwrenching diagnosis – like so many other parents today — and then find the courage to persevere, to find a way to open up the world to her struggling child, Terrence Patridge. They ultimately find that key in music.
Therese Davis watched as her toddler seemed to withdraw from the world, the few words he spoke disappeared, he began repetitive rocking motions, erupted in tantrums seemly out of proportion to stimulus, and seemed to lose connection with her and the world. However, it took until Terrence was four years old for the diagnosis to be revealed –Autism.
“A Real Heart Warmer” -Louis Gossett, Jr., Academy Award-Winning Actor, Author, Entrepreneur and Elder Statesman
Bass Clef Bliss is the moving chronicle of the powerful bond of a mother and son who rebuild their lives by doing small things with great love.
Director Patrick Scott gives us a stirring look at the struggles any parent faces when confronted with the overwhelming diagnosis of Autism and how challenging that pathway is to give a child an independent and meaningful life. We learn about the obstacles and the opportunities, the frustrations and the joys. We watch as a young Terrence struggles just to overcome his fear of climbing stairs, and once that is conquered, how he blooms with confidence, taking the bus to school, singing in the church choir, becoming Prom King. With the help of caring professionals, he makes slow and steady progress in his ability to function in the world. His natural effervescence and joy infuses the film, but no more so then when he is playing his trombone.
For a child whose sensitivity to sound was the trigger for his emotional outbursts, it is miraculous to see his musical transformation. It was his music therapist who first noticed Terrence’s musical inclination, even using music to teach him such simple self-care as brushing his teeth. However, when she exposed him to a trombonist Terrence experienced a revelation! Committing himself to learning to play the instrument, he excels beyond expectation. His high school music teacher discovers why — he has perfect pitch! Today, Terrence’s talent opens doors for him to play with orchestras, theater productions, jazz ensembles, and his church choir. In Bass Clef Bliss we watch as Terrence confidently accompanies world-renowned trumpet player Gilbert Castellanos as they play jazz, Terrence’s passion.
With the Center for Disease Control stating that 1 out of every 68 children in America has some level of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), parents can take heart from this beautiful story of hope.
Experts share their insight and resources to the community who’s impacted by ASD.
Bass Clef Bliss is the true story of an extraordinary young man with Autism and his mother whose courage and determination help him to gain independence and flourish in a burgeoning music career
Bass Clef Bliss is a film by Drama House Productions, LLC and Bklyn2LA Productions. Directed by Patrick Scott; Executive Producers: Patrick Scott and Michael Berlin; Co-Executive Producers: Jonathan Tsang and Dea Shandera-Hunter; Cinematography: Mario Ortiz; Writers: Michael Berlin and Therese Davis; Original Music: Chris Truitt; Editors: Agustin Castaneda and Vanessa Robbins.
The special limited engagement of Bass Clef Bliss at the Laemmle NoHo 7 theatre begins on April 24 and concludes on April 30. Daily showtimes are 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm & 9:30pm. The theatre is located at 5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Ticket prices vary based on day of the week, child/senior and matinee. Group rates are available for 25 or more and can be requested on-line by completing the form at:www.laemmle.com/forms/group-sales
What: Bass Clef Bliss film
When: April 24-April 30
Where: Laemmle NoHo 7
Address: 5240 Lankershim Blvd, N. Hollywood