Even in Death has received lots of accolades this film festival season. The film won Best Oklahoma Short Film at DeadCenter, Best Animated Short Film at EyeCatcher International Film Festival and was an official selection for the Tulsa International Film Festival. It will be screened at the Bare Bones International in Muskogee, and AutFest International in Orange County, CA. Even in Death continues providing audiences with whom to share our creative voices. Thank you to our filmmakers, parents and community supporters who invested in the interest of our filmmakers to create this opportunity!  

About The Film

Pioneered by AutismOklahoma to Offer New Opportunities

AutismOklahoma provides innovative opportunities for individuals with autism in interest areas to showcase their talents and abilities.  Invisible Layers is a pre-employment program provided by AutismOklahoma for young adults on the autism spectrum who have an interest in film, video production or animation.  Over the past year, the Invisible Layers extended team has focused on producing an animated short film, Even in Death.

AutismOklahoma and Invisible Layers debuted Even in Death at deadCENTER film festival in Oklahoma City. 

The Story

Even in Death is a nearly wordless, whimsical story about love, loss, and life. It chronicles a day in the life of Jonah, a young boy living in New Orleans who is about to experience a loss in his family. Faced with grief, Jonah is visited by the Grim Reaper (Death) and is taken on a charming adventure through New Orleans that ends with Jonah learning a lesson in life and the true depth of love.

The Team

Even in Death is written and directed by filmmaker Zac Davis, program director of Invisible Layers Productions.  Jonathan Koelsch and Jerry Bennett are the lead artists on the film, while music and sound is conducted by the masterful Justin Rice.

The Even in Death production team includes 15 individuals who contributed their talents and time over a 12 month period to make this film possible:

Vanessa Grayson, Joy Lauffenburger, Sarah Lauffenburger, Michelle Cross,  Taylor Danielson, Dustin Collins, Minerva (Minnie) Clark, Sean Spellman, Cooper Ross, Ben Sutter, Bruce Fry, Tyler Frederickson, Ethan Russ and Vaughn Young

Autism Oklahoma


AutismOklahoma is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides support for persons with autism and their families. AutismOklahoma believes that every person with autism is unique and important. AutismOklahoma helps individuals with autism reach their full potential, helps families thrive, and helps communities understand and embrace differences. According to the March 27, 2014, Center for Disease Control report, one in every 68 children has been identified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. For more information, visit   Even in Death is yet another amazing project, providing opportunities to those with autism and positively impacting the community with a fun and entertaining animated film!


Invisible Layers Productions


Invisible Layers Productions is a pre-employment club and program provided by AutismOklahoma for young adults who have autism and an interest in film and video production.  The group, led by Zac Davis, collaborates weekly on high quality podcasts, film s and videos for their customers who include Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Junior Achievement, The OKC Energy, Youth & Family Services and other businesses. The work of Invisible Layers is used for used for websites, corporate events, television and social media. See


Go Behind the Scenes

This animated short film is about life, death, and what happens in-between. Produced by Invisible Layers Productions, including artwork by individuals with autism, this film will make you smile, laugh, sigh and cry.


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    This project is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

    We also wish to thank all of our Indiegogo donors for their contributions in making this film possible.

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