In alignment with Brain Injury Awareness Month, Pixela Films‘ new documentary The House We Lived In will be released and distributed by Gravitas Ventures on March 12, 2024, through Amazon, Google Play, AppleTV, and other streaming platforms.

Promising to be a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration for many, and featuring a soundtrack by American indie folk band Bon Iver, the film took 12 years to make and is a personal project for Pixela co-founder Tim O’Donnell, as its main subject is his dad. Initiated in the confines of an ICU with nothing but an iPhone, the documentary traces the journey of Tim’s father, Tod, from being in a life-threatening, eight-day coma to his miraculous recovery.

Amidst this tumultuous period, the O’Donnell family faced the loss of their home due to financial hardships. Yet, the most profound loss was Tod’s memory of the home they once shared. Through a series of experimental installations and home movies, Tim embarks on a heartfelt mission to resurrect the memories that seem lost to his father. As memories return in the form of dreams the family struggles with acceptance of this new version of their father.

Reflecting on the journey, the director shares, “It feels surreal to be finished with a film about my dad and family that took the last 12 years of my life to make. When my dad was in a coma and we didn’t have any information at all about what a brain injury was. We all sat down as a family and watched the documentary film Life.Support.Music. It was our only hope at the time. Just something out there in the ether that documented what happens during and after something like this happens. Our film took a lot longer than we expected – but now we have something to share with the next family or anyone navigating a new challenge, my dad’s new mission is to help others in any way he can. I’m very proud to be part of that. The House We Lived In is by far the most important thing I’ve ever gotten to make.”

The House We Lived In has not only captured the hearts of audiences but has also earned critical acclaim, receiving the Best Documentary award at the New Hampshire Film Festival, Official Selection of the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Woods Hole, Independent Film Festival Boston, and Ashland Film Festival, with screenings at MIT, Harvard, UCLA, and many more. The film’s impact has been further amplified through partnerships with the Brain Injury Association of America, with clips of the film having appeared on ESPN, showcasing its profound narrative.

Various media outlets have lauded the film, with NPR calling it “a really amazing film with a great story,” and ESPN describing it as “an absolute powerhouse of a film.”

Pixela Films is a dynamic film production company located in Greater Boston dedicated to crafting compelling narratives that inspire and provoke thought. With a focus on documentary filmmaking, Pixela Films seeks to explore the intricacies of the human condition and the resilience of the spirit.

Director Tim O’Donnell is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning documentary filmmaker. His work has appeared on ESPN, NBC, PBS, OutsideTV, CNN Films, Uninterrupted and in events around the world. His film Not a War Story opened at #1 for all iTunes Documentaries and premiered at the Academy of Motion Pictures. His follow up feature Life Without Basketball opened to a sold out audience at DOC NYC and is being distributed by Gravitas Ventures, available now on SundanceNow, Hulu, and BET. HBO’s Mary Carillo said of his work,“The story is so beautiful, so lovingly told and so incredibly moving.”