The documentary "Life, Animated," which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival, will be released theatrically later this year. (Tom Bergmann)

Roger Ross Williams’ feature-length documentary “Life, Animated,” will have its television premiere at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on the A&E Network.
“We are thrilled,” Williams announced on the film’s Facebook page. “What a wonderful way to start 2017!”
The documentary about a boy with autism who finds a way to communicate through Disney characters has been short-listed for this year’s Academy Award nominations. Williams won an Oscar for his 2010 short documentary “Music By Prudence.”
Williams premiered “Life, Animated” at the Sundance Film Festival where he won the directing award for a documentary. Williams also had his first full-length documentary “God Loves Uganda” shortlisted for a 2013 Oscar but it didn’t make the final five nominations.
“Life, Animated” is one of 15 films chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 145 submitted in the documentary feature category to advance in voting for the 89th Academy Awards. The Academy’s Documentary Branch …
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