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MIPTV Picks ’16: Life, Animated

With his autism preventing him from speaking for years, Owen Suskind turns to the Disney movies he has memorized to express himself through the characters he identifies with, offering his family a window into his innermost thoughts.
March 15, 2016


Partners: A&E lndieFilms, Motto Pictures, Roger Ross Williams Productions; distributed in North America by The Orchard, international sales handled by Dogwoof
Length: 1 x 89 minutes
Premiered: January 2016 (Sundance)
Rights available: World excluding UK, North America, Scandinavia, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia/NZ

This critically acclaimed feature from Oscar-awarded director Roger Ross Williams (God Loves Uganda, Music By Prudence) tells the story of Owen Suskind, son of Pulitzer PrizeĀ­ winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife Cornelia. With his autism preventing him from speaking for years, Owen turns to the Disney movies he has memorized to express himself through the characters he identifies with, offering his family a window into his innermost thoughts. In addition to the critical praise, the film grabbed the best directing award in the U.S. competition at Sundance for Williams.

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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