Film phase: Completed
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.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Thank You For Playing is co-directed by Malika Zouhali-Worrall & David Osit
Malika Zouhali-Worrall is the co-director/producer of Call Me Kuchu. The award-winning film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and has been theatrically distributed in the US, UK, Canada, and Germany. Malika is a Roger Ebert Directing Fellow and an alumnus of the Film Independent Doc Lab and the Garrett Scott Documentary Grant. In 2012, Filmmaker Magazine named Malika one of its 25 New Faces of Independent Film.
David Osit is a documentary filmmaker and composer based in New York. His first feature documentary, Building Babel (True/False, DocNYC) was a recipient of ITVS Open Call funding and broadcast on PBS America Reframed in 2013. David was co-producer, composer and sound recorder for Where Heaven Meets Hell (IDFA, HotDocs), which broadcast on PBS Global Voices in 2013. David received his MFA in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts in New York.