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‘Life, Animated,’ Memoir Based on Autistic Boy’s Love of Disney, Inspires Documentary

A&E IndieFilms has partnered with Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams and Motto Pictures to produce the feature documentary “Life, Animated.”

The movie will recap the story of Owen Suskind, son of journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, who was unable to speak due to autism but memorized dozens of Disney animated movies and then turned them into a language to express love, pain and joy. The story will be based on Ron Suskind’s book.

His family learned to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and revealing how people need stories to survive.

“I’m honored to bring the Suskind family’s touching story to life,” said Williams.  “Owen is a remarkable young man, and I hope his story will serve as an inspiration for us all.”

The movie is produced by A&E IndieFilms, in association with Motto Pictures and Roger Ross Williams Productions. Producers are director Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman with Molly Thompson, Bob DeBitetto and David McKillop will serve as executive producers.

Williams won the 2010 Academy Award for his documentary short subject film “Music by Prudence.” His latest feature film “God Loves Uganda” premiered at Sundance and was short-listed for a 2014 Academy Award.

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