Progeria is an extremely rare and fatal disease, exemplified by accelerated aging in the children who are afflicted by it. There is no treatment. There is no cure. Enter Doctors Leslie Gordon and Scott Berns. When their son, Sam, was diagnosed with progeria at age two, the prognosis was grim—the couple were simply told to enjoy the few years they had left with their only son—but they weren’t willing to give up that easily. They spearheaded a campaign to save Sam and the other children in the world who share this devastating illness. In a little more than a decade, their extraordinary advances have led not only to identifying the gene that causes progeria and testing the first experimental drug to treat it but also to the amazing discovery that it is linked to the aging process in all of us.
With Life According to Sam, directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine return to the Sundance Film Festival (War Dance won the Documentary Directing Award in 2007) with a deeply touching account of one family’s courageous fight, reminding us to make the most of our lives in the time we are given.
- A. M.
About the Directors
Academy Award–nominated and three-time Emmy award–winning directors Sean and Andrea Nix Fine premiered their film War Dance at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, taking home the documentary Directing Award. Their most recent release, the short documentary Inocente, won awards at three festivals in 2012. Additional awards that have honored their unique style include the Sundance Film Festival’s Haskell Wexler Award for Cinematography and the Hot Docs Film Festival’s Audience Award. The Fines are currently in development with Rabbit Content on three narrative feature films.
Cast and Credits
Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine
Executive Producers: Sheila Nevins, Nancy Abraham
Producer: Miriam Weintraub
Cinematographer: Sean Fine
Editor: Jeff Consiglio
Composer: Keegan DeWitt
Sound Recordist: Pablo Durana
Contact: Sean Fine / firstname.lastname@example.org