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My Dad Matthew

won 1st Place

in the cinema touching Disability

Short Film Competition! 

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We are now looking into additional screening locations. If you are interested in showing My Dad Matthew at an event, school or conference, please contact director John Schaffer (john.schaffer.film@gmail.com) or Matthew Wangeman (matthew.wangeman@nau.edu) for more information. 

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Wild Asperagus Productions

 

Based in Flagstaff, Arizona, Wild Asperagus Productions

is a small video production company that makes movies

that are bigger than the frame they fit in to.

Specializing in movies about autism and disability,

Wild Asperagus Productions 

creates stories about people

from a different perspective

 

John Schaffer

 

cofounded Wild Asperagus Productions in 2011 while he was

directing his first made for cinema movie,

Vectors Of Autism: a documentary about Laura Nagle.

Not only does Schaffer direct his movies,

he also edits them and handles a camera. 

Schaffer has directed 5 movies with a disability theme

with various sized budgets, various sized crews, but all

with a similar message of acceptance and appreciation

for all people.

 

 

  

 

Movies

My Dad Matthew (2016)

In this short film, Elijah tells the story of his dad, Matthew, who is a "pretty normal dad" but unlike most other dads, he has a significant disability. Born with cerebral palsy and unable to control most of his body, Matthew with the use of a wheelchair, a pointer on a helmet with a letter board, and the exceptional help of others, has become a university instructor, has several degrees from Berkley, Ca., and is father to a 14 year old boy. 

 

My Hiccups Are Gone (2016)

This is a story about twin 5 year-old boys with autism, Jake and Luke, whose parents, Lesley and Brad, being frustrated with seeing years of little progress, decided to move the family across the country to Ohio to receive specialized autism treatment and care using an innovative technique developed at Integrations Treatment Center. Within days, the boys show incredible progress and the family learns how to find their way. This feature documentary premiered in the Chagrin Falls Film Festival in 2016. More screening are planned for the future.
 

The Shadow Listener: a voice for autism (2016)

Use Promo code "shadow" to watch for free

The Shadow Listener is a short documentary about a woman who hears a constant soundtrack in her mind. Just as everything casts a shadow, so do they cast a song. Laura Nadine is an award-winning violinist, a music teacher, a mother of two, and a woman with autism. This documentary uses Laura's shadow songs as a thread to explore her world. From her difficulties to fit in with her peers at school, through to her obsession with the violin, Laura shares her story as a woman on the spectrum. As an adult, Laura has found her place as a music teacher and advocate for the autism community.

Vectors of Autism: a documentary about Laura Nagle (2012)

Winner of 5 awards, this offbeat documentary is about an autistic woman flying through life in a world that is definitely not autistic. Laura Nagle lets us climb aboard her helicopter and takes us on a tour through the vectors in her life that has lifted her up, knocked her down, and push her sideways. From her "wreck" of a micro-house to the base of the town clock, Laura never stops talking. Witty and honest, Laura hopes to push the wind under the wings of people on the spectrum so their trajectory is much higher than hers.

 
 
 

Matthew Wangeman

(matthew.wangeman@nau.edu)

Matthew Wangeman
Matthew Wangeman has been a disability advocate for over 30 years at the local, state and national levels. He has a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master's in City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.  Matthew has been invited to speak at various National and State conferences about leadership and he is a leader in promoting disability rights in Arizona.  Matthew assisted in the development and implementation of the Disability Studies Minor at NAU which happens to be the only minor in Arizona of its kind.  Matthew was the chairperson for the Arizona DD Council several years ago and he was also a board member for the Protection & Advocacy Agency in his state.  He is especially proud of his fourteen year old Son who he loves and admires!  Matthew currently works at the Institute for Human Development as a researcher and an instructor in the Disability Studies Minor at Northern Arizona University.
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Wild Asperagus Productions

John Schaffer 

john.schaffer.film@gmail.com

Please contact me if you have a great story to tell.

I am always considering new projects

and can usually work within any budget.

Flagstaff, Arizona