• Wretches & Jabberers
    “Issuing passports to travel and be filmed was like putting us in space capsules to the moon and having us take giant steps for mankind.” - Larry

“Film examines ‘lost generation’ with autism”

Morning Joe

“An eye-opening and most entertaining doc… nearly perfect”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Banishes the myths about autism and reveals its global face.”


“Ingenious documentary about real autistics”

Wall Street Journal

“Autism finds its voice.”


About the Film

In Wretches & Jabberers, two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to put a new face on autism, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future.

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Upcoming Events

Wretches and Jabberers will be shown on Vermont Public Television on Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. as part of Vermont PBS's "Made Here" film series which features locally based films from Vermont, New England and Canada: https://www.vermontpbs.org/madehere/ 


Wretches and Jabberers film events at Bay College, Escanaba, Michigan in April, 2019.

The stars of Wretches and Jabberers are pictured. Tracy is wearing a blue striped shirt. Larry is wearing a red striped shirt.

The Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) and Bay College will present, “Breaking Down the Barriers of Autism,” a live presentation and documentary film. Bay College will show the film Wretches & Jabberers which is about two men with autism who embark on a road trip to change how people feel about disabilities. The film will be featured on the Escanaba Campus in the Besse Center Theater on April 15 from 6:00 PM -8:00 PM EST and at their Iron Mountain West Campus in Fornetti Hall on April 17 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM CST. Then, on April 23 the stars of the film will visit Bay College at their Escanaba Campus in the Besse Center Theater from 6:00-8:00 PM EST. It will also be live streamed to the Iron Mountain West Campus in Fornetti Hall from 5:00 -7:00 PM CST that same day. Their second presentation is at the Escanaba High School in their auditorium from 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST on April 24.

The Bay College Diversity Committee is partnering with the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District in celebration of Autism Awareness Month to sponsor these events and make them free and open to the Public. For more information, Email Joseph Mold or call 906-217-4246.

How To Book Us

The stars of Wretches & Jabberers, Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher, joined by Pascal Cheng and Harvey Lavoy, can be booked to give keynote presentations, film screenings followed by Q&A, and workshops on communication, inclusion, self-advocacy and acceptance. We will work with your organization to develop an event specific to your audience.

To book a speaking engagement or workshop with a screening of the film, please contact us.