"I see it as an adventure," says Michelle Smith of BDSM in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive clip of Best and Most Beautiful Things. "It's a very liberating and amazing feeling."
The documentary follows Smith, a precocious young woman in rural Maine who is legally blind and on the autism spectrum and often disappears into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humor and bold curiosity, she chases love and freedom in a surprising sex-positive community on her path to adulthood.
Kevin Bright, the film's executive producer best known for his work on TV's Friends, was inspired to join the project after teaching a filmmaking class at Perkins School for the Blind. "I made this film for all my former Perkins students in the hope of breaking down walls between people who are disabled and the rest of the world," he tells THR.
The film is dedicated to outcasts everywhere, says director Garrett Zevgetis. "My first thought was whether it was possible to make a documentary about what was right in the world, as opposed to what was wrong," he says. "It took six years as a team to make all that happen, and it happened beyond my wildest dreams."
Best and Most Beautiful Things is set to hit select theaters Dec. 2, followed by a digital release later in the month.