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Since its premiere in January 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival, Life According to Sam (LATS) had an amazing run on the festival circuit, captivating audiences across North America. LATS and its Oscar winning Directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine even made the “short list” for Oscar consideration, a tremendous honor.

LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM won an Emmy for “Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking”.  Congratulations to Sheila Nevins and Nancy Abraham of HBO Documentary Films, Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine, Jeff Consiglio, Pablo Durana, and the entire talented, passionate team who have helped raise awareness of Progeria and PRF’s work through this exceptional film.  Most of all, we thank Sam – our eternal inspiration.

“With its story of love, determination, and hope, LATS and Sam continue to positively and profoundly impact people throughout the world. #LiveLikeSam #SamBerns”

Filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

The Emmy is the latest in a long line of awards and accolades this riveting film has received:

Peabody Awardwhich recognizes ‘stories that matter’ The prestigious Peabody Awards are given to 30-40 winners annually from more than 1,000 entries, and we are thrilled that Life According to Sam was chosen. Its story of love, life and hope for children with Progeria continues to “matter” to more people every day, which translates into more awareness of Progeria and the importance of PRF’s mission to find the cure.

Christopher Award, presented to filmmakers ‘whose work affirms the highest values of the human spirit’

Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award: Mountain Film Festival, Colorado

Audience Award: Nantucket, Woods Hole, Newburyport, Martha’s Vineyard and Boston Jewish Film Festival

Best Documentary: Rhode Island International, New Hampshire and Woods Hole, MA Film Festivals

Best Storytelling: Nantucket, MA Film Festival

“Best of Fest”: AFI Docs, MD

Directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine thank Sam, Leslie Gordon (far left) and Scott Berns (2nd from the left) for allowing them to enter their lives and “make us better storytellers”.

At the Emmy Awards show at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA: Editor Jeff Consiglio, Senior Producer Nancy Abraham, film subjects Dr. Scott Berns and Dr. Leslie Gordon, Directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine.

Filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine talk about “Life According to Sam”

Watch Complete Interviews

Interviews with Sean Fine and Andrea Nix-Fine:

Sundance Programmers, David Courier and Libresco (for segment on Life According to Sam, skip to 1:12:28)