As a young boy, Owen Suskind went years without saying a single word. He was autistic, and his parents worried that he’d never be able to relate to other people. One day, they discovered they could communicate with the help of classic Disney animated films that Owen adored. He could recite the films verbatim, and they helped him understand the complex cues of social interaction. Director Roger Ross Williams' film Life, Animated is about Owen’s emotional coming-of-age story, and he’ll join us to talk about it.
Join us for a free screening of Roger Ross Williams' film Life, Animated on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m., at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center [map]. Doug Fabrizio will host a post-film Q&A with Williams. It’s all part of our Through the Lens series in partnership with Utah Film Center. DETAILS
Roger Ross Williams directed and produced Music by Prudence, winner of the 2010 Academy Award for documentary short subject. He is the first African American to win an Oscar for directing and producing a film. He directed and co-produced the documentary film Life, Animated, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Directing Award in the U.S. Documentary category.