Wednesday, November 9 @ 7PM
Award Presentation • Film Screening • Post-film Q&A
Utah Film Center

Sixth annual Peek Award for Disability in Media to be awarded to
Roger Ross Williams, the director of Life, Animated.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 7PM

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center - 138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City
Award Presentation • Film Screening • Post-film Q&A

The Peek Award event is free and open to the public. 

Utah Film Center is proud to present the sixth annual Peek Award for Disability in Media to Academy-Award winning director Roger Ross Williams, the director of Life, Animated. The Peek Award honors media makers who positively impact our society’s awareness and perception of persons with disabilities.

Life, Animated documents 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. As with his previous films, through superb storytelling, Roger Ross Williams introduces us to a subject that engages and inspires. 

The Peek Award will be presented prior to a screening of Life, Animated. Following the film, KUER RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio will moderate a Q&A with Roger Ross Williams and Pulitzer Prize‒winning journalist Ron Suskind, Owen’s father and author of the book that inspired the film.

Please join us in celebrating filmmakers who illuminate new understandings of those living with disabilities.
2016 Peek Award Guests
Roger Ross Williams

Roger Ross Williams
Director of Music by Prudence(2010 Academy Award), God Loves Uganda, Blackface, and 2016 Peek Award recipient.

Ron Suskind

Ron Suskind
Pulitzer Prize‒winning journalist, father of the film's subject, and author of the book that inspired the film.

Barry Morrow

Barry Morrow
Emmy and Academy Award winning writer/producer best known for his original story and screenplay for the 1988 Best Picture, Rain Man.

2016 Peek Award is sponsored by
Utah Autism Foundation
Columbus Community Center Squatters Pub Brewery
Award provided by OC Tanner

The 2016 Peek Award is presented as part of our Through the Lens year-round film series, in partnership with


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