Brynjar Birgisson was 10 when he spent 700 hours over 11 months building a 26-foot long replica of the Titanic, using about 56,000 Lego bricks. Building the ship helped him challenge his autism. When he began the model, he was extremely shy and soft-spoken. Now 17, he stands of stages across the world telling his story and encouraging others to stretch their imaginations.
He's become known world-wide as "the Lego boy" and often tells how the Titanic and Legos changed his life. After touring Norway, Sweden, Germany and Iceland, the Lego ship has been anchored since 2018 at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where more than 2 million visitors have seen it. His story is already the subject of a book, and is now told in a documentary at the museum. Titled "How Titanic Became My Lifeboat." The film will premier at 11 a.m. on March 7 at the Phoenix Theatre's Forge Cinemas. The screening is free, but reservations are required at 1-800-381-7670.