Synopsis by Mark Deming
Axel Brauns is a German novelist who is a passionate film enthusiast and has begun to realize a longtime dream of directing movies. However, Brauns is different from most filmmakers -- Braun is autistic, and regardless of the clarity of his creative vision, his inability to comfortably express himself to others or have a clear perspective on their ideas and attitudes would put him at a severe disadvantage in an art where he must collaborate with a small army of actors and technicians. In order to succeed as a filmmaker, Brauns has, by his own word, "reprogrammed" himself so he can feel comfortable in social interaction and collaborate with other artists, though he still has not been able to shake himself of all the telltale signs of autism. Filmmakers Andrea Asch and Eric Asch explore Brauns and his ongoing struggle with the demands of the creative process (as well as the world in general) in the documentary The Red Carpet, which received its North American premiere at the 2007 Silverdocs Film Festival, a festival for documentary cinema sponsored in part by the American Film Institute.