Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Order a virtual screening of Oliver Sacks: His Own Life!

You can order a virtual screening of Oliver Sacks: His Own Life for only $12, after which you’ll have five days to watch the film in an online screening room created just for patrons of the JBFC.

With each screening of Oliver Sacks: His Own Life purchased during this period, you’ll provide much-needed support to both the JBFC and Zeitgeist Films—who will evenly split the revenue—as we work together to continue bringing our audiences exciting new and repertory releases.

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About Oliver Sacks: His Own Life:

2020. 114 m. Ric Burns. Zeitgeist Films. US. English.

A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours—surrounded by family, friends, and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain—he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues, and patients, plus archival material from every point in his life, this film tells the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.

We were joined on October 28 for a live virtual conversation with Kate Edgar, Oliver Sacks’ longtime friend, collaborator, and editor; Bill Hayes, writer and Oliver Sacks’ partner; and Brian Ackerman, JBFC Founding Director of Film Programming. You can watch the Q&A on our YouTube channel!

Inquiry: Science on Film
This series is sponsored by Phelps Hospital and Northern Westchester Hospital, proud members of Northwell Health.


Order a virtual screening of Oliver Sacks: His Own Life!

  • To take advantage of this screening option, you will follow this link to Kino Lorber’s site. You will first need to register on this site with your own personal login details (you will not have access through your existing JBFC account). It’s very easy! You will enter your name and email address and set a password. Signing up is totally free.
  • This film can be viewed on any computer, phone, or most tablets. You can also download the Kino Now app for Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, or Apple TV (tvOS 9.0 or later).
  • Please feel free to reach out to JBFC support for non-streaming questions at support@burnsfilmcenter.org.
  • Please note that we are unable to offer member prices.


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