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‘Other People,’ ‘Life Animated’ Win Nantucket Film Festival Awards

27 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Other People” and documentary “Life, Animated” took the top prizes at the 21st annual Nantucket Film Festival, which wraps Monday.

The festival’s audience award for narrative feature went to the drama “Other People,” starring Molly Shannon, Sissy Spacek, Jesse Plemons and Zach Woods. The pic, written and directed by “Saturday Night Live” scribe Chris Kelly, tells the story of a gay “SNL” writer who runs into family conflict after he returns home to be with his mother as she’s dying of cancer.

“Life, Animated” is a documentary from Roger Ross Williams that tells the story of a boy on the autism spectrum who overcomes his inability to communicate through his deep affection for Disney animated movies.

Other winners at the fest included docu short “Joe’s Violin,” from director Kahane Cooperman.

The runner-up for narrative feature was Viggo Mortensen starrer “Captain Fantastic.” “Tickled” was the runner-up for documentary. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Sundance Film Festival: London Unveils Lineup

20 April 2016 12:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Sundance Film Festival’s London spinoff event has unveiled the lineup for its next edition, which runs June 2-5 at a new venue, London’s Picturehouse Central.

The festival will present 11 U.K. and international feature film premieres direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, selected by the Sundance Institute programming team in collaboration with Picturehouse.

Among selected titles are Clea DuVall’s “The Intervention,” for which Melanie Lynskey won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for individual performance; Roger Ross Williams’ “Life, Animated,” winner of the directing award in the U.S. Documentary section; and Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s “Weiner,” winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize in the documentary category.

The festival includes “Sundance Film Festival: Road to Stardom,” a program showcasing notable films discovered by the Sundance Film Festival over the course of its three-decade history, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Dogwoof Acquires International Rights to Sundance Winner ‘Life, Animated’ (Exclusive)

15 February 2016 7:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dogwoof has acquired international sales rights (excluding North America, Australia and New Zealand) and U.K. distribution rights to the documentary feature “Life, Animated” from Roger Ross Williams, who won the directing award in the U.S. Documentary category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Dogwoof, which acquired the pic from A&E IndieFilms, is presenting it to buyers at Berlinale’s Efm. The Orchard recently picked up North American rights. A U.K. theatrical release is planned for the fall.

The movie is a coming-of-age story about Owen Suskind, who ceased speaking at 3 years old, disappearing into autism. The film tells the story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world.

The documentary is based on the book “Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism,” by Owen’s father, Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Suskind.

“‘Life, »

- Leo Barraclough

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