Reel South: Tommy! The Dreams I Keep Inside Me

About This Episode


A touching portrait of Tommy Onorato, a 60 year-old man with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the life-long dream of singing with a Big Band. Armed with his golden voice and his All-American optimism, Tommy embarks on a quest to have the "world on a string."

Follow Tommy inside his community of autistic adults, the world of jazz musicians, his ups and downs, his work, his quirks and even his dirty laundry. Tommy! The Dreams I Keep Inside Me is to get to know Tommy devoid of all outside commentary and to get as close as possible to what it feels like to be him, a man full of vibrant contradictions, deep human insights, and a contagious sense of humor.

Reel South is a collaboration between UNC-TV and SCETV, and the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF).