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William Davenport
Executive Director

William Davenport is a documentary filmmaker, musician, publisher, writer, teacher and autism activist. He is best known for his documentary films about autism, also for his work as the publisher of Unsound magazine, and as the founding member of the experimental/noise band Problemist. In 2011 Davenport directed the feature documentary "Too Sane for This World". This film explores the challenges, gifts and unique perspectives of 12 adults on the autism spectrum. The film features an introduction by Dr. Temple Grandin. Other than producing documentary films Davenport is also active in the international autism community. Davenport was a member of the San Francisco Marin Autism Taskforce. From 2007-2011, Davenport was the Executive Director of the non-profit organization Autism Social Connection; it was there that he developed his practice of teaching filmmaking to adults, teens, and children on the autism spectrum.  He has worked extensively with the San Francisco Bay Area autism organization Autism, Asperger's Coalition for Education, Networking and Development, and Washington D.C. based organization ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network). In the United Kingdom Davenport has collaborated with C.R.A.E. (Centre for Research in Autism and Education) and the charity Ambitious about Autism, on free screenings of his films followed by panel discussions. William has made eight feature documentary films since 2011 and continues to create music and is an active contributor to the autism community.



William Davenport, photo by Robert Schwartz, 2019


Temple Grandin & William during the filming of "Too Sane for This World", 2011.