FilmAcademy360’s Sam “Super Autism Man” Reilly attracted the attention of comedian-actor Billy Eichner when he took to the streets of New York City to ask “Do You Know What Autism Is?”
The FA360 video is modeled on Billy’s popular series “Billy On The Street,” in which Billy and celebrity guests hit NYC’s sidewalks to challenge New Yorkers with outrageous pop culture questions.
In a three-degrees-of-separation coincidence, Sam and the Emmy-nominated actor were connected through Billy’s manager, who passed on Sam’s hilarious – and informative – video. Billy took to Twitter to share his delight with his 2.21 Million Followers!
“I want to say hi and shout out my new friend Sam Reilly who made this awesome Billy on the Street inspired video! I am honored! Sam works with the Film Academy at Spectrum360.org, which includes young adults on the autism spectrum. Congrats Sam!!!”
Needless to say, we here at FilmAcademy360 and Spectrum360 were thrilled!
Thanks, @billyeichner! We’re super proud of our S.A.M – “Super Autism Man” & thrilled you love the video! https://youtu.be/kC78HKVJ_Q8 Sam is a great ambassador for our FilmAcademy360 program & for spreading autism awareness. Find out more about who we are at https://spectrum360.org/filmacademy360/
Billy has starred in Parks and Recreation, American Horror Story and other shows. “Billy on the Street” airs on TruTV and can be found on YouTube. (Caution: Adult Themes).
More S.A.M. and FilmAcademy360 videos can be found on its YouTube channel!
Created by award-winning educator and media producer David DiIanni, FilmAcademy360 is a unique hands-on educational environment designed to help diverse learners explore and learn through filmmaking, video editing, game creation, and graphic arts. Its after-hours, weekend and summer programs are open to EVERYONE in the community. The program, which focuses on self-expression and vocational exploration, not only teaches technical skills but also is a place where students can develop confidence, self-esteem and form social networks.