A documentary chronicling the life of a Foxboro teenage is set to air on HBO next month. “Life According to Sam,” a documentary about Foxboro resident Sam Berns, can be seen on HBO on Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. with encores to follow.
The documentary follows Burns who turned 16 this year and was diagnosed with rare genetic condition called Progeria at the age of two. The condition causes premature aging and affects one in every 4-8 million newborns. Children with the condition live an average of 13 years but some live for over 20 years according to the Mayo Clinic.
Refusing to give up after hearing the prognosis, Sam’s parents, Drs. Leslie Gordon and Scott Berns have gone on to create the world’s leading Progeria institution in Peabody. In addition to documenting Sam's life, the film looks at his parent's efforts to find a cure for Progeria.
The documentary was directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine of Fine Films.
Shown at film festivals, the movie has been an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs Doc Soup, Mountainfilm Festival, AFI Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, Martha's Vineyard Film Festival, and Heartland Film Festival.
The film has also won the multiple awards including the Audience Award at the Nantucket Film Festival, Best of the Best at the AFI Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Woods Hole Film Fest, and Best Doc Feature at the Rhode Island Film Festival.