- Film Festival
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Based on the true story of California based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien (Academy Award nominee John Hawkes, Winter's Bone), THE SESSIONS chronicles O’Brien’s determination to transcend his physical limitations to live and experience as close to a normal life as possible. Forced to spend most of his hours confined to an iron lung, and with his body contorted by Polio, O’Brien refuses to let his limitations dictate his reality. Through perseverance, O’Brien graduated college and became a poet and journalist, learning to write by tapping keys with a stick held in his mouth. When O’Brien decides that he needs to find sexual fulfillment, he turns to a sex surrogate (Academy Award winner Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets) to achieve this goal. Featuring outstanding performances from its incredible cast, including Hawkes, Hunt, and William H. Macy (Academy Award nominee for Fargo) as O’Brien’s priest and confidant, THE SESSIONS is a powerful film that illustrates that limitations can be overcome and goals can be achieved through commitment and determination.