Next up in Wilton Library\u2019s New Perspectives Film Series is How to Dance in Ohio, an American documentary that follows teens and young adults on the autism spectrum as they prepare for their first spring formal. Timed for screening during National Autism Awareness Month, the award-winning film will be shown at the library on April 9 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Laela Kilbourn, director of photography for the project. Kilbourn told The Bulletin that the idea behind How to Dance in Ohio was born when director Alexandra Shiva, who \u201cwanted to make a film that explores this topic\u201d because she \u201chad a young friend on the spectrum,\u201d was connected with Dr. Emilio Amigo of Amigo Family Counseling in Columbus. Amigo Family Counseling provides individual and group therapy to teenagers and adults on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum. When the filmmakers behind How to Dance in Ohio met with Dr. Amigo, they learned he was planning a new exercise for his socially challenged clients. \u201cEverybody is daunted by their first formal dance,\u201d Kilbourn said. \u201cFor someone on the autism spectrum, it is particularly challenging, and that\u2019s why he chose it.\u201d Amigo booked a nightclub and began teaching his clients not only how to dance but also how better to read the many verbal and nonverbal social cues associated with formal dancing, which for people on the spectrum can be terrifying and seem impossible to understand. \u201cWe realized his plan was a perfect mechanism for us to tell their stories,\u201d Kilbourn said. The documentary became a record of Amigo and his clients as they worked together to prepare for the spring formal. Kilbourn said that during shooting there were several unusual challenges she was confronted with in her capacity as cinematographer. One of them was avoiding over-stimulating her sensitive subjects. \u201cMany people on the spectrum are sensitive to external stimuli \u2014 that includes light \u2014 so we had to think about lighting in a way that would still be beautiful and work for us as filmmakers but wouldn\u2019t exacerbate or bother or irritate their senses,\u201d Kilbourn said. As a workaround, Kilbourn bounced the light she needed off reflective surfaces so her subjects wouldn\u2019t have to stare directly into lighting instruments. \u201cI hadn\u2019t come up against that before,\u201d Kilbourn said. How to Dance in Ohio concludes with the much-prepared-for event ending in success. \u201cIt was amazing, seeing everyone really throw themselves into the spirit of it. I wasn\u2019t sure whether anyone would even dance, let alone get dressed up, and primped, and show up and try to have a good time,\u201d Kilbourn said. \u201cThey did,\u201d she continued. \u201cThey were dancing, talking to each other, interacting \u2014 they all got together and joined in a group dance \u2014 it was very encouraging to watch.\u201d Information Admission to the screening event at Wilton Library is free. Donations of $5 are suggested. Refreshments will be served. Registration is highly recommended. To register, visit WiltonLibrary.org or call 203-762-3950. The New Perspectives Film Series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. How to Dance in Ohio premiered on HBO in 2015. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and Nashville film festivals and the Golden Rock Documentary Award at Little Rock Film Festival. The film won the Junior Jury at the Montclair Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.