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 losing 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).
In BEAUTIFUL SON, Don and Julianne take us on their journey through the landscape of this debilitating neurological disorder as they attempt to recover Beau from autism. Desperate to find help, they stumble upon a community of doctors and parents who are medically treating autism and enjoying positive results.
The film was made possible with the support of big wave surfers Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama. As documented in the film PATH OF PURPOSE, they paddled and biked the length of the Hawaiian Islands to help raise money and awareness for the making of the Kings’ movie.
BEAUTIFUL SON won best documentary honors at the 2007 Hawaii Film Festival.