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Directed by Jason DaSilva
85 min | 2013 | USA | Not Rated
*Jason DaSilva will be present to accept the Peek Award and for a post-film discussion moderated by RadioWest’s Doug Fabrizio.
On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, the Utah Film Center presents the fourth annual Peek Award for Disability in Film at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. The Peek Award generates awareness about media makers who positively impact our society’s perception of persons with disabilities.
This year’s award recipient is filmmaker, Jason DaSilva who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006. Once the disease started to manifest itself in Jason’s body, he decided to film this transformative experience—the result of which is the life-affirming film When I Walk,which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
About the film
When I Walk is one man’s emotional and inspiring journey during six years of life following his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. For director Jason DaSilva, life’s most challenging and joyous moments are yet to come.
Winner: Best Canadian Feature—2013 Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Festival, Audience Award—2013 Vancouver International Film Festival; Official Selection: 2013 Sundance Film Festival
About the Peek Award
The Peek Award grew out of the generosity of Barry Morrow, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Rain Man, who permanently loaned his Oscar statuette to Salt Lake City in the memory of Kim Peek, the savant about whom Rain Man is based. Kim Peek lived in Salt Lake City and passed away in December 2009. The Peek Award will be presented prior to the screening of When I Walk, which will be followed by a post-film Q&A moderated by RadioWest’s Doug Fabrizio.
The Peek Award event is free and open to the public—we hope you will join us to show your support of film and to those who illuminate new understandings of those living with disabilities.