An Animated Life

A still frame from “Life, Animated,” a 2016 film by Roger Ross Williams.

In recent weeks, Hamptons DocFest founder/executive director Jacqui Lofaro has been adding a new “Fest Favorite” documentary to its website every Wednesday as a treat for all to enjoy in these viral times.

The newest film to join the line-up on Wednesday, May 20, was “Life, Animated” (2016, 89 min.), the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man with autism, who was unable to speak and express his feelings until his family discovered they could use his favorite Disney films to connect with the world around him. The film, by Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams, is based on the New York Times bestselling book by his father Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. It was screened at the December 2016 Hamptons DocFest (then called the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival).

Documentaries that have been offered on previous Wednesdays are still available through the website, along with Q&As from the directors’ appearances at the film festival: “Penny and Red: The Life of Secretariat’s Owner,” “Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life,” “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” “Three Identical Strangers,” “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” and “Spielberg.”

Access films at Anyone wishing to receive the weekly Wednesday email blast about each week’s added film can send their name and email address to