* Director will attend Q&A after 24/9 screening.
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—lago, the wisecracking parrot from Aladdin—and asked, “What’s it like to be you?” And poof! Owen replied, with dialogue from the movie.
2016 Sundance Film Festival: Directing Award (Documentary)
Roger Ross Williams is the director of God Loves Uganda, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim, and Music by Prudence, which won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject). His latest film, Life, Animated, is based on a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind. Williams was the first African American to win an Academy Award for directing or producing a film (short or feature).