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Local documentarian Julie Sokolow follows one man's search for romance

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It isn't often that autism is presented as a difference in neurology as opposed to a disorder in need of medical remedy. But that's exactly what local filmmaker Julie Sokolow does in her first documentary feature, which focuses on Aliquippa native David Matthews' search for love. The film follows 49-year-old Matthews, who was diagnosed with Asperger's in his 40s, as he tries to figure out the awkward world of online dating, navigating the labyrinth of unwritten social rules that frustrate even the most socially adept among us. Sokolow's intimate portrait is the opposite of schadenfreude — it comes from a place of curiosity about how people with different neurological wiring experience the world.

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