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Beautiful Son

A film by Don and Julianne King


In 2003, Hawaii filmmakers Don and Julianne King realized something was wrong with their three-year-old son, Beau. Around age two-and-a-half, Beau started loosing his ability to speak, his coordination, and was becoming disconnected from the outside world. Determined to help Beau, his parents brought him to the best doctors in the U.S. and took along a video camera to document the results. Two months later, Beau was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).




a film by Don and Julianne King

Documentary film – 63:00 – 2007

Broadcast on public television –

Available on DVD





Best Documentary, Hawaii International Film Festival

Audience Award, Hawaii International Film Festival

Selected, Full Frame Film Festival





Directors: Don and Julianne King

Executive Producer: Charlotte Lagarde

Producers: Don and Julianne King and Charlotte Lagarde

Editor: Vivien Hillgrove

Principal Cinematography: Don King

Music Composer: Todd Boekelheide

Additional Music: Coldplay, The Dixie Chicks

Assistant Editor: Julie Caskey


Beautiful Son is a co-production of Charlotte Lagarde, Don King, Julianne Yamamoto King, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)



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