I recently was able to watch an extremely moving documentary. Life, Animated is well worth your time – and I highly recommend watching it. It was heartwarming and brought tears to my eyes a few times.
About Life, Animated
From Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. The subject of his father Ron Suskind’s New York Times bestseller, Owen was a thriving three year old who suddenly and inexplicably went silent – and for years after remained unable to connect with other people or to convey his thoughts, feelings or desires. Over time, through repeated viewings of Disney classics like THE LITTLE MERMAID and THE LION KING, Owen found useful tools to help him to understand complex social cues and to re-connect with the world around him.
As a huge Disney fan, I understood a lot of this. I do not personally know anyone with autism, however, Disney has always meant something to me. I know it is nowhere near the same level, but it did hit home with me a bit. I really enjoyed this documentary and I think you will too.
OPENING JULY 1 IN NY AND LA / NATIONWIDE IN JULY + AUGUST
The film is opening at the IFC Center and the Lincoln Plaza 6 in New York this Friday, July 1st just in time for the holiday weekend and will continue to be released throughout the country this summer.
Also taking place this weekend will be a series of Q&As with the Suskinds and producer Julie Goldman. These will take place after the following showtimes:
Friday 7/1, 7:05pm @ IFC Center w/ Walt, Cornelia and Owen Suskind + Producer Julie Goldman
Saturday 7/2, 4:30pm @ Lincoln Plaza w/ Walt, Cornelia and Owen Suskind + Producer Julie Goldman
Saturday 7/2, 7:05pm @ IFC Center w/ Walt, Cornelia and Owen Suskind + Producer Julie Goldman
Sunday 7/3, 2:45pm @ Lincoln Plaza w/ Producer Julie Goldman
Enter to win a copy of Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism using the Gleam form below. You are entering to win a copy of the book, not the film.
Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.
About the Author
RonSuskind is the author of four New York Times bestsellers and the critically acclaimed, A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League. His other books include, Confidence Men, The Way of the World, The One Percent Doctrine and The Price of Loyalty. He was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he won the Pulitzer Prize, and is currently the Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Ethics. He lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy.
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