Autism disability self-advocates' empowered response to our culture's pity for the disabled.
Drew Morton Goldsmith (Middleton, Wis.)
Aaron MatthewsPOV Film - A Panther in Africa and My American Girls
Aaron Matthews is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose films have appeared on national and international television and in numerous film festivals around the world.
His current documentary, "Down Town Dream," is a lyrical and compelling look at four people in a rustbelt town struggling to reinvent their lives and their dreams during the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. The film is finishing post-production. His previous films include "The Paper" and the POV documentaries A Panther in Africa (2004) and My American Girls (2001).
Matthews has received grants from The Sundance Institute, The Independent Television Service (ITVS), The Jerome Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Latino Public Broadcasting and The Brooklyn Arts Council. In addition to his film work, Matthews has worked as a writer and producer for A&E, History, Discovery and National Geographic Channel and as an English as a Second Language teacher in New York City.
Born in Venezuela, Matthews grew up and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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