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The Orchard acquires N.A. rights for “Life, Animated”

The distributor has acquired North American rights to the latest Sundance award-winning feature doc from director Roger Ross Williams (pictured) and A&E Indie Films.
February 4, 2016

Distributor The Orchard has acquired all North American rights to the latest Sundance award-winning doc from Roger Ross Williams and A&E Indie Films, Life, Animated.

The film tells the story of Owen Suskind, who, at the age of three, stopped speaking and, due to his autism, withdrew into his own world. Through a love of Disney animation, Suskind, son of author Ron Suskind and now a young man, finds meaning in life and a pathway to communicate.

Williams won the directing award in the U.S. documentary competition at Sundance this year for the film.

Life, Animated is a deeply inspiring and emotional film that hooked us from the outset,” said Paul Davidson, SVP of film and TV at The Orchard, in a statement. “Not only are we thrilled to be working with Roger and Julie [Goldman, co-producer] to share Owen’s story with audiences, but ecstatic to be partnering once again with our friends at A&E Indie Films.”

“We had a great experience with The Orchard on Cartel Land, and are delighted to get the band back together for Life, Animated,” said Molly Thompson, SVP, A&E IndieFilms.

Exec producers are Molly Thompson, Robert DeBitetto, Robert Sharenow and Ron Suskind. Danielle DiGiacomo, VP of acquisitions for The Orchard, negotiated the deal with Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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