‘Rainbow Time’ Cast, Filmmaker Discuss Emotional Lives of Special Needs Families (Video)

SXSW 2016: Director Linas Phillips and stars Timm Sharp and Melanie Lynskey talk about the highs and lows of living with a developmentally delayed family member

For several years, Linas Phillips worked as a babysitter for kids with special needs. He says experience with those kids is what inspired him to make a film about the day-to-day challenges of having someone developmentally delayed in your family.

The result is “Rainbow Time,” a dramedy written, directed by and starring Phillips. The film premiered at SXSW in Austin earlier this month. Phillips plays Shonzi, a developmentally delayed 40-year-old sent to live with his brother Todd (Timm Sharp). An odd love triangle develops when Shonzi encounters Todd’s girlfriend, Lindsay (Melanie Lynskey), and conflict isn’t far for the three.

Phillips, Sharp and Lynskey came by TheWrap’s Austin studio to talk about making the film and the emotional challenges that came with it. See the photos here.