Nearly 300 attend N.Y. screening of Oscar-nominated movie Life, Animated
The movie screening Life, Animated was followed by a Q&A session featuring (from left) film critic Marshall Fine with Ron and Cornelia Suskind.
Photo credit: Holly Taylor
Advanced Behavioral Health’s special screening of the movie Life, Animated
was presented to a near sell-out crowd on February 13 in Pelham, N.Y. The
event, held in partnership with The Picture House, was followed by a Q&A
session with Ron and Cornelia Suskind, the parents featured
in the film.
event was amazing – we filled the 300-seat theater,” said Devereux New
York Advisory Board Co-Chair Jane Taylor. “There were families,
professionals, parents and grandparents of individuals on the autism spectrum
looking for encouragement – and people who simply wanted to see a great
film. This event did much to erase the stigma of autism and to offer hope
to families who need our support.”
An inspirational movie
from Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams, 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. Life, Animated has been nominated
for the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. Click here to learn more.
Since September 2016,
Devereux has hosted six screenings of Life,
Animated in the New York area.
“These events are perfectly aligned with Devereux’s
mission,” said Devereux New York Executive Director John Lopez. “The Suskind’s story – and any family’s journey when raising a child
with autism – resonates deeply with the individuals and families we serve.
Providing hope, unlocking potential, and realizing dreams and goals are
connected to the work we do in New York – and across the country – to assist
those living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive
“Being able to hold this event at a wonderful
facility like The Picture House, in addition to the support and presence of the
Suskinds, only added to how amazing the event turned out,” Lopez added. Other
Devereux representatives in attendance included Board of Trustees John
Gustafsson and James Schwab.
A lively Q&A session
were actively engaged in the Q&A session – featuring Ron and Cornelia Suskind
– after the movie.
“Cornelia and Ron are
wonderful speakers – open, warm, wise and informative – not to mention
entertaining,” said Taylor. “The audience quickly picked up on their energy and
felt comfortable asking a wide range of questions. The Suskinds were genuinely
interested in understanding what the audience wanted to know.”
these Devereux-hosted movie screenings help individuals learn more about
autism, it is also working to break down barriers.
another recent screening, Taylor noted, “I had two friends tell me this film
changed them. In the past, they shied away from interacting with individuals
with differences – not knowing what to say or do. Today, not only do they
feel comfortable enough to say ‘hello,’ but they are looking forward to
conversations with people in this special community. I am so happy we’ve been
able to bring this film to so many people in the New York region!”
Ron Suskind is a
Pulitzer-winning journalist, bestselling author and the founder of
Sidekicks. Ron’s bestseller, Life,
Animated, chronicles his family’s journey raising and connecting to
their autistic son. Learn more about Ron
About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the largest
and most advanced behavioral healthcare organizations in the country. We serve
as a national nonprofit partner for individuals, families, schools and
communities, serving many of the most vulnerable members of our society in
areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental
health, and child welfare.
Learn about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.
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