Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien

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Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien
Breathing Lessons - The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Jessica Yu
Produced by Jessica Yu
Written by Jessica Yu
Starring Mark O'Brien
Cinematography Shana Hagan
Edited by Jessica Yu
Release date
  • 1996 (1996)
Running time
35 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien is a 1996 American short documentary film directed by Jessica Yu. It won an Oscar at the 69th Academy Awards in 1997 for Documentary Short Subject.[1][2]

Mark O'Brien was a journalist and poet who lived in Berkeley, California. The documentary explored his spiritual struggle coping with his disability; he had to use an iron lung much of the time due to childhood polio. O'Brien died on July 4, 1999, from post-polio syndrome.[3]

Cast[edit]

  • Mark O'Brien as Himself
  • Elizabeth Duvall as Herself
  • Ian Berzon as Himself

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 69th Academy Awards (1997) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "New York Times: Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  3. ^ "Mark O'Brien's web site". Mark O'Brien's site. Archived from the original on April 19, 2011. 

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