Tuesday, March 15, 2016 7pm
Landis Cinema, Buck Hall
219 N. 3rd St.
At three years old, a chatty, energetic little boy named Owen Suskind ceased to speak, disappearing into autism with apparently no way out. Almost four years passed and the only stimuli that engaged Owen were Disney films. Then one day, his father donned a puppet Iago, the wisecracking parrot from Aladdin and asked “what’s it like to be you?” Poof! Owen replied, with dialogue from the movie. Life, Animated tells the remarkable story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world.
ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS is the acclaimed director of the award winning films Music By Prudence (for which he won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject), God Loves Uganda (widely-praised and shortlisted for an Oscar in 2013), and Life, Animated (for which he won the 2016 Sundance Film Festival award for Directing in US Documentary.