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Pelham's Picture House Presents Special Screening of Oscar-Nominated Doc

Directed by Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Roger  Ross Williams, "Life, Animated" is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man with autism whose family found a unique and effective way to communicate with him.
Directed by Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Roger Ross Williams, "Life, Animated" is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man with autism whose family found a unique and effective way to communicate with him. Photo Credit: The Orchard
Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author.
Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author. Photo Credit: Contributed

PELHAM, N.Y. -- The Picture House Regional Film Center, in partnership with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, will present a special screening of the 2016 Academy Award-nominated documentary "Life, Animated" followed by a Q&A with Ron, Cornelia, and Owen Suskind, the family featured in the film.

Directed by Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Roger  Ross Williams, "Life, Animated" is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man with autism 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, according to a release from TBH.

Following the screening, TPH critic-in-residence Marshall Fine will moderate a discussion and Q&A with Ron, Cornelia and Owen Suskind. Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, bestselling author and the founder of Sidekicks.

His  bestseller, "Life, Animated" (2014), has driven activism and research about the compensatory strengths of those with autism and others who are “differently-abled” due to distinctive neurology or sociocultural backgrounds, the release said.

This event supports a key part of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s mission to eradicate negative stigma, through education and advocacy to support the ultimate goal of unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. Learn more about Devereux at its website.

Tickets to the special screening and discussion are $15 for general admission, $12 for students, seniors and members, and are available at www.thepicturehouse.org or at the box office, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham,

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