," a drama based on the (sex) life of poet, journalist and polio victim Mark O'Brien
, is already deemed one of Sundance's breakout hits, with Fox Searchlight reportedly paying $6 million for worldwide rights and holding hopes for awards this time next year. However, it's not the first time that O'Brien's life has been made into a movie -- and the Oscars are already familiar territory. Jessica Yu
won the Academy Award for best documentary short in 1997 with "Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien
," a 35-minute film comprised almost entirely of O'Brien talking to the camera from inside his iron lung. (At one point, Yu hoped to turn "Breathing Lessons
" into a feature and was developing it with Oliver Stone
.) In a voice that sounds much like that of "The Surrogate
" star John Hawkes
, O'Brien details his history, his current life and his future. Shot in 1994, his life.