Award-winning documentary on NAU professor to show at Arizona film festivals

"My Dad Matthew" poster

The documentary “My Dad Matthew,” about the life of Northern Arizona University disability studies professor Matthew Wangeman, will appear in Flagstaff and Sedona film festivals.

Since premiering last year at NAU, the documentary received an honorable mention at the Picture this… Film Festival, won the 2017 Cinema Touching Disability Short Film Competition and was selected to show at various film festivals throughout the United States and Canada.

“I am very proud of the documentary,” Wangeman said. “John Schaffer did a fantastic in making this short film. My son, Elijah, did a wonderful job as well. It was really a team effort to make a short documentary that challenges how people think about disability and life.”

The documentary will be shown at the Flagstaff Film Festival from 7-9p.m. Feb. 18 at the Orpheum Theater. Tickets are $8.50 per session for adults and $5.50 per session for students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the downtown box office, 15 W. Aspen Ave.

The film also will be shown at the Sedona Film Festival from 1-3p.m. Feb. 26, and from 10 a.m.-noon March 4 at Harkins Sedona 6. Tickets are $10.

“I truly love my job teaching disability studies at NAU and hope to keep challenging my students to change the world for many years to come!”

Wangeman plans to travel to Calgary, Canada, in April to accept an award at the Picture this… Film Festival.

"My Dad Matthew" poster