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Sponsored by Alpine Bank

Thank you to our award sponsors:

Alpine Bank, Bob & Jen McIntosh, Centura Health, Harker Neumaier Associates, Kaiser Permanente, Kitchenscapes, Stan Miller, Inc., Summit Express, Summit Mountain Rentals, Trilogy Partners

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FOLLOWING 6 PM AWARDS

LIFE, ANIMATED

Directed & Produced by ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS

Feature Film | 89 min | Following 6 pm awards

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.

LIFE, ANIMATED evocatively interweaves classic Disney sequences with verite scenes from Owen’s life in order to explore how his identification and empathy for characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel gave him a means to understand his feelings and allowed him to interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations offer rich insights into Owen’s fruitful dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity as a member in a tribe of sidekicks.

Owen’s story is a moving testament to the many ways in which stories can serve as a means of persevering through the dark times, leading us all toward the light.

Additional credits

Directed & Produced by ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS
Produced by JULIE GOLDMAN
Edited By DAVID TEAGUE
Executive Producers MOLLY THOMPSON, ROBERT DEBITETTO, ROBERT SHARENOW
Cinematography by TOM BERGMANN
Co-Producers CAROLYN HEPBURN, CHRISTOPHER CLEMENTS
Original Music by DYLAN STARK, T. GRIFFIN
Score Produced by T. GRIFFIN
Executive Producer RON SUSKIND
Associate Producer LINDSAY RICHARDSON
Production Coordinator SEAN LYNESS
Original Animation MAC GUFF
Title Sequence and Graphics TROLLBÄCK + COMPANY

Jonathan Freeman    …    Himself
Gilbert Gottfried    …    Himself
Owen Suskind    …    Himself
Ron Suskind    …    Himself

Contact: WEBSITE


6 PM AWARDS

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!!

The Breckenridge Film Festival applauds and congratulates the winners on their outstanding work!!!

The following films have already received an award in their category:

Best Drama- Relentless

Best Short Drama Film– The Bespoke Tailoring of Mr. Bellamy

Best Short Comedy- Chocolate Cake

Best Documentary- Nathan East: For the Record

Best Adventure- Chasing Niagara

Best Animation- Hum

Best Spiritual- Birthday

Best Student Film- Breathe

In addition to these already announced awards, the BFF recognizes outstanding features in filmmaking with the following awards

Best Director, Drama

Best Actor, Drama

Best Supporting Actor, Drama

Best Ensemble Cast, Drama

Best Screenplay, Drama

Most Creative, Drama

Best Editing, Drama

Best Director, Short Drama

Best Editing, Short Drama

Best Writing/Script, Short Drama

Best Cinematography, Short Drama

Best Soundtrack (Sound & Music), Short Drama

Best Actor, Short Drama

Best Actress, Short Drama

Best Ensemble Cast, Short Drama

Best Music, Documentary

Best Director, Spiritual

Most Creative Lighting Design

Best Narration/Best Poetry

Best Cinematography

Thank you to our award sponsors: Alpine Bank, Bob & Jen McIntosh, Centura Health, Harker Neumaier Associates, Kaiser Permanente, Kitchenscapes, Stan Miller, Inc., Summit Express, Summit Mountain Rentals, Trilogy Partners


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