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When David Wilson’s young wife falls victim to cancer, he is left a single working dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his sixth grade son with autism. Patrick, who prefers to be called 'Po,' is a gifted but challenged child who was very close to his mother and unable to communicate his own sense of loss. As father and son struggle to deal with life after mom, they each begin to withdraw into their own worlds. David into the high pressure job he’s close to losing and Po drifting away from the school where he’s bullied into his magical fantasy world, the Land of Color, where he’s just a typical carefree boy with a rich cast of other worldly companions. The growing divide between father and son and the challenges of single parenthood of a special needs child threaten to separate David and Po permanently. Based on a true story, the bonds of love between a grieving father and son are tested in the most real way in Po.

DIRECTOR: John Asher
PRODUCERS: Rod Hamilton, John Asher
WRITER: Colin Goldman
CAST: Christopher Gorham, Julian Feder, Kaitlin Doubleday, Bryan Batt, Fay Masterson
RUNTIME: 1:33:00


Programmer's Note: Burt Bacharach, winner of eight Grammy Awards and three Oscars, composed the score for Po.
"The cause is close to Bacharach’s heart: His daughter Nikki has Asperger’s Syndrome. Bacharach met the film’s director, John Asher, by chance on a flight last year and agreed to let Asher use his classic, “Close to You,” made famous by the Carpenters. Upon seeing the film, he agreed to compose the music. I was so touched by the film that scoring it was a labor of love, he said in a statement." - Billboard, 12/18/15

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