2017 Archive


Life, Animated

Friday, April 28, 2017
7 to 9 p.m.



From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated, is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. The subject of his father Ron Suskind’s New York Times bestseller, Owen was a thriving three-year old who suddenly and inexplicably went silent – and for years after remained unable to connect with other people or to convey his thoughts, feelings or desires.

Over time, through repeated viewings of Disney classics like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, Owen found useful tools to help him to understand complex social cues and to re-connect with the world around him.


Following the film, there was a short panel discussion with program participants and staff of Autism Services, Inc., along with a question and answer session. 

Event Emcee: Angela Christoforos of WIVB-TV Channel 4

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