By the time Tyler turned 10, he lost his ability to walk, see, and hear, but the cause remained a mystery. His family eventually turned to University of Utah Health, where scientists searched Tyler’s DNA for clues to his condition. What they discovered led to a life-changing treatment.

University of Utah Health is proud to present One in a Million, a documentary of Tyler’s incredible journey premiering at a sponsored event during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Watch the 8-minute short film using the video player below.

Watch One in a Million

One in a Million is up for a "Telly Award". Register and vote in the short form and branded content  categories. Voting ends on Friday, April 26.

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The Science Behind the Story

Behind the Scenes

Photo credit: Emily Mkrtichian

Last November, two acclaimed filmmakers and award-winning Sundance Institute veterans traveled to Utah to document Tyler’s story. Filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar also directed We the Animals, which premiered at last year’s festival and is now nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards. Ross Kauffman is the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker of the documentary Born into Brothels and Tigerland, the latter an official selection in this year’s Sundance Film festival. One in a Million was co-produced by award-winning documentarian Geralyn Dreyfous, the Kahlert Foundation and University of Utah Health.