‘Out Of My Mind’ Breakout Phoebe-Rae Taylor Hopes Kids With Disabilities Recognize That “They’re Not Alone” When They See Disney+ Drama – Sundance Studio

TITLE: Out of My Mind
Section: Family Matinee
Director: Amber Sealey
Screenwriter: Daniel Stiepleman
Based on the novel by: Sharon M. Draper
Distributor: Disney+
Logline: Melody Brooks (Phoebe-Ray Taylor) is navigating sixth grade as a nonverbal wheelchair user who has cerebral palsy. With the help of some assistive technology and her devoted allies, Melody shows that what she has to say is more important than how she says it.
Panelists: Amber Sealey, actors Phoebe-Rae Taylor, Rosemarie DeWitt and Luke Kirby
First screening: January 19
Key quote: On takeaways from the film, first-time feature star Phoebe-Rae Taylor said, “I hope kids with disabilities can take away from this film that they’re not alone, that they’ve got people they can talk to. And I just want people to understand that people with disabilities aren’t just objects, that they’re people with emotions and feelings, and they shouldn’t get pushed aside.”

In discussing how Out of My Mind is different from her past work, Amber Sealey shared, “I’ve made six films and I’ve never before felt like I made a film that I think everybody should see because it’s important, culturally. This is the first that I’ve made where I’m like, this is important, it will change lives…I feel like the conversation around disability and mental health and neurodiversity is getting better and better. We’re still not all the way there, but I think that one of the wonderful things that I see happening, that I’ve seen a big change in the last 10 years, is just the de-stigmatization of any sort of diagnosis, any sort of disability or neurodiversity. I see people now really embracing their differences, and so I hope this movie in some way contributes to that, the conversation around accessibility.”

The Deadline Studio at Sundance runs January 19-23 at Montgomery-Lee Fine Art on Main Street, when the cast and creatives behind the best and buzziest titles in this year’s lineup sit down with Deadline’s festival team to discuss their movies and the paths they took to get to Park City.

Thank you to our sponsors McGee & Co., Final Draft, Portrait Creative Network, and Courser.


More from this stream


Test-driving Lucid’s 2024 Air models and previewing the future ‘Mid-Size’ EVs

In addition to our recent drive of the Lucid Air Sapphire, we got the opportunity to test drive all of the American automaker’s 2024 models, including Pure, Touring, and Grand Touring, and have...

Swell ETH Restaking Fund Launched in Collaboration with DeSyn Protocol

DeSyn Protocol joins Swell to introduce a disruptive financial product that aims to change the manner people invest in decentralized finance. Powered by DeSyn Protocol’s cutting-edge technology, the...

‘Major Token Launchpad Revealed by Binance’

Binance is launching Binance Megadrop, a token launch platform that merges airdrops with interactive web3 quests to enhance user engagement and provide exclusive access to new web3 tokens.  The...

New Organizational Structure Unveiled by Generali

The Board of Directors of Generali, chaired by Andrea Sironi, has approved a new organizational structure to reflect its main activities proposed by Philippe Donnet, Group Chief Executive Officer. ...

Installing Odoo 17 on Ubuntu 24.04

Odoo, previously recognized as OpenERP, is a collection of open-source business...