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POV (Point of View), American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to award-winning filmmakers David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall’s Thank You for Playing, a co-production of ITVS. The film makes its World Premiere on Friday, April 17 at the Tribeca Film Festival, where the filmmakers will also speak on a Tribeca Talks panel, The Beauty of Angst on Saturday, April 18. The film will have its national broadcast premiere during POV’s 2016-2017 season on PBS.
Thank You for Playing tells the story of Ryan Green, an independent video game developer who is building an unusually poetic game about his terminally ill son, Joel. Following Ryan’s family through the creation of the game and the day-to-day realities of Joel’s treatment, the film is a moving testimony to the empathetic power of art, examining how we process grief through technology in the 21st century and the implications of documenting profound human experiences in a new artistic medium: the video game. Excerpts of the game “That Dragon, Cancer” will be available to play as part of Tribeca’s Interactive Playground on Saturday, April 18.
“David and Malika’s talent for crafting dynamic stories is clearly evident in their moving portrait of a father and son,” said POV Executive Producer Simon Kilmurry. “We couldn’t be more proud to bring Thank You for Playing to public television viewers on POV.”
David Osit’s first feature documentary, Building Babel, is a recipient of ITVS Open Call funding and was broadcast as the Season Two premiere of WORLD Channel’s America Reframed series in 2013. In addition, he was co-producer and composer for Where Heaven Meets Hell (IDFA), which won Best Feature Documentary at the 2012 Hawaii International Film Festival and opened the 2013 season of WORLD Channel’s Global Voices. He is also the editor of Live From New York!, the opening-night film at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Malika Zouhali-Worrall is one of the directors and the producer of Call Me Kuchu, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012 and was released theatrically in North America and Europe. The film has won 19 awards, including Berlin’s Teddy Award for Best Documentary. Malika is a Chaz and Roger Ebert Directing Fellow and an alumnus of the Film Independent Doc Lab, the Tribeca All Access program, the Firelight Producers’ Lab and the Garrett Scott Documentary Grant. In 2012, Filmmaker magazine named her one of its 25 New Faces of Independent Film.
Thank You for Playing Credits:
Directors/Screenwriters/Producers/Editors: David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Cinematographer: David Osit
Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer; Simon Kilmurry
Composer: David Osit;
Consulting Editor: Eric Daniel Metzgar
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