THANK YOU FOR PLAYING (2015)

WINNER OF THE 2017 NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY® AWARD
FOR OUTSTANDING ARTS & CULTURE DOCUMENTARY

 

DIRECTOR, EDITOR, PRODUCER

When one-year-old Joel is diagnosed with terminal cancer, his father Ryan begins working on an unusual and poetic video game to honor Joel's life. Following Ryan's family through the creation of the game and the day-to-day realities of Joel’s treatment, Thank You For Playing is a thought-provoking testimony to the empathetic power of art, examining how we process grief through technology in the twenty-first century, and the implications of documenting profound human experiences in a new artistic medium: the video game.

DIRECTED, PRODUCED & EDITED BY MALIKA ZOUHALI-WORRALL & DAVID OSIT

FESTIVALS & AWARDS:

WINNER OF THE 2017 NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY® FOR OUTSTANDING ARTS & CULTURE DOCUMENTARY
NOMINATED FOR 2017 NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY® AWARDS: BEST DOCUMENTARY & OUTSTANDING EDITING
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, 2015
IDFA, 2015
HOTDOCS, 2015
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2015
CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2015
NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY, DOC STORIES, 2015

PRESS:

"Unimaginably intimate."
The New Yorker

"Touching, funny, and strangely existential."
The Hollywood Reporter

"Compelling. Transforms a father's confession into a revealing work of art."
The Village Voice

U.S. BROADCAST ON POV, OCTOBER 2016
Also available to watch on iTunes, Amazon or other platforms.

A CO-PRODUCTION OF THE INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE (ITVS) AND POV, WITH SUPPORT FROM TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE AND CHICKEN & EGG PICTURES