Closing Night: Life, Animated

Closing Night: Life, Animated

Closing Night: Life, Animated “A conversation with” Director Roger Ross Williams VIA SKYPE, and audience Q&A hosted by film critic at large, Lisa Kennedy. Director: Roger Ross Williams Country: USA Run Time: 90 mins When: Sunday May 15 at 7:15pm Where: Sie FilmCenter   Sundance 2016: Winner U.S. Documentary Award for Best Director Full Frame 2016: Audience Choice Award Purchase Tickets Now Clip from the film: Synopsis: From the film’s official site: 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? LIFE, ANIMATED 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 Director: The first film that Roger Ross Williams directed and produced was Music by Prudence, which won the 2010 Academy Award® for documentary short subject – and which screened that year, at DocuWest; he is the first African American director to win an Academy Award. Williams next directed the feature documentary God Loves Uganda, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to enormous critical acclaim and went on to screen at over 60 film festivals worldwide – including DocuWest, winning more than a dozen awards before being shortlisted for...