OFFICIAL SELECTION OF 2019 TELLURIDE AND NEW YORK FILM FESTIVALS
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks, known for his literary works Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, was a fearless explorer of unknown cognitive worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity.
“Tender and thrilling” VARIETY
The film features exclusive interviews with Sacks conducted just weeks after he received a terminal diagnosis, and months prior to his death in August 2015, and nearly two dozen deeply revealing and personal interviews with family members, colleagues, patients and close friends, including Jonathan Miller, Robert Silvers, Temple Grandin, Christof Koch, Robert Krulwich, Lawrence Weschler, Roberto Calasso, Paul Theroux, Bill Hayes, Kate Edgar, and Atul Gawande, among others. The film also draws on unique access to the extensive archives of the Oliver Sacks Foundation.
“Thoughtful, deeply affecting film” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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Closed Captioning for the film has been made available by Nigel Kettle (Kettle Media Concepts). Audio Description for the film has been made available by Michele Spitz (Woman Of Her Word).
A PRODUCTION OF STEEPLECHASE FILMS / VULCAN PRODUCTIONS / MOTTO PICTURES / AMERICAN MASTERS PICTURES/PBS AND INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE, INC. / HHMI TANGLED BANK STUDIOS / SANDBOX FILMS / PASSION PICTURES / ARTHUR ALTSCHUL JR FILMS / WDR / ARTE MUSIC COMPOSED BY BRIAN KEANE CINEMATOGRAPHY BY BUDDY SQUIRES, ASC EDITED BY LI-SHIN YU / TOM PATTERSON WITH CHIH HSUAN LIANG EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS MICHAEL KANTOR / PAUL G. ALLEN / CAROLE TOMKO / ROCKY COLLINS / DORON WEBER / JULIE GOLDMAN / CHRISTOPHER CLEMENTS / GERALYN WHITE DREYFOUS / MARGARET MUNZER LOEB / NION MCEVOY / REGINA K. SCULLY / DAVID GUY ELISCO / SEAN B. CARROLL / SALLY JO FIFER / JOHN BATTSEK / NICOLE STOTT / GREG BOUSTEAD PRODUCED BY LEIGH HOWELL / BONNIE LAFAVE / KATHRYN CLINARD DIRECTED BY RIC BURNS