2016-09-14 / Federation

Coalition to screen ‘Life, Animated’ Sept. 27

The Special Needs Coalition of The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey is thrilled to host a one-time private screening of “Life, Animated.” All proceeds from the screening will be used to support a website that will serve as a comprehensive 24/7 resource and indexed repository to connect people with disabilities and their families to services and information in both the Jewish and general community.

Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? “Life, Animated” is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.

The screening will be held on 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Carmike Cinemas—Ritz 16, located at 900 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd, Voorhees.

The event is sponsored by The Shabbos Project and the law offices of Wase & Newman, LLC, a law firm committed to helping individuals of varying abilities with planning and special education concerns.

The entire community is invited to support the Special Needs Coalition of The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey by purchasing a $12 ticket by Sept. 19 at bit.ly/lifeanimatedsnj

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