Edmonton filmmaker promotes people with special needs

EDMONTON — Mikey Hamm is a support worker for a man with autism, and now the Edmonton man is also making cool videos about people with special needs, thanks in part to a government grant.

“Everyone needs to be able to tell their story, to explain who they are, to have that identity,” said Hamm.

It all began with a video called “Anthony At Your Service.” Hamm works with Anthony Barrett, who has autism.

Anthony’s mother decided to start a delivery business for her son, who is mostly non-verbal.

“Anthony’s a great guy, but he’s not the type to walk up and shake your hand and tell you about himself,” said Hamm. “So I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll just make a little video.’”

The online commercial shows potential employers why Anthony is someone worth hiring, and it quickly racked up thousands of views and dozens of clients for Barrett.

That’s when the calls started coming in from other families asking Hamm to make videos for their loved ones. Hamm spends several days with his clients to make them feel comfortable and he films on his iPhone rather than a big camera.

“The first purpose of the video is to give people something that they can use to introduce themselves, to tell their story,” said Hamm, “A lot of these people can’t tell their story on their own.”

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