Brief Synopsis
We are all on the spectrum, if only by our tiptoes. The more we recognize this, the more compassion, empathy and indeed celebration we can experience for the whole spectrum of neurodiversity. In “Spectratta," the video companion to Sonatina for Violin and Piano "Parallel Plaid,” time literally stretches and compresses in ways very familiar to those affected by Autism SD and ADHD/ADD as they interact with the outside world. Described by a festival-goer as "Mikrokosmos meets Hanna-Barbera," Spectratta brings hyper-focus to an interlocked time dilation-contraction dance between parent and child.

©2016 PunchBeam Music, LLC (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved

  • Susan Maughlin Wood
  • Susan Maughlin Wood
  • Susan Maughlin Wood
  • Susan Maughlin Wood
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 17, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Preview for Audience Feedback, with live music
    Seattle, WA
    United States
    July 8, 2016
  • Azalea Film Festival
    Mobile, AL
    United States
    September 23, 2016
    World Premiere
    Winner: Best Music Video
  • LA Lift-Off Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Roma Cinema DOC

    Official Selection
  • Open Art Short Film Festival
    October 8, 2016
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • McMinnville Short Film Festival
    McMinnville, OR
    United States
    October 1, 2016
    Pacific Northwest Premiere
    Winner: Best Cinematography
  • Miami Independent Film Festival

    Official Selection September 2016
  • Top Indie Film Awards

    Nominee: Best Cinematography, Best Music Video
  • International Family Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    October 21, 2016
    California Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Dallas Videofest 29: Big D Mobile Film Fest
    Dallas, TX
    United States
    October 22, 2016
    Texas Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Shift Film Festival
    November 19, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Erie International Film Festival
    Erie, PA
    United States
  • POWFest Portland Oregon Women Film Festival
    Portland, OR
    United States
    March 2, 2017
    Portland Premiere
  • NxMW Micro-Budget Film Festival
    Kalamazoo, MI
    United States
    March 4, 2017
    Midwest Premiere
    2nd Place $500 Prize: MicroCam
  • Post Alley Film Festival
    United States
    March 25, 2017
    Seattle Premiere
  • Chicago Amarcord Arthouse Television & Video Fest Awards
    United States
    December 30, 2016
    Finalist, Best Music Video
Director Biography - Susan Maughlin Wood

Susan Maughlin Wood of Punchbeam Music, LLC is an award-winning composer of concert, game and film music who has begun stepping out as a filmmaker. As President of Seattle Composers Alliance, she has also juried film soundtracks for Local Sightings and Puget Soundtrack at the Northwest Film Forum.

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Director Statement

Part of the "lost generation" of women who grew up with invisible AD(H)D, I aim to help raise awareness and celebration of differing brain functionality. The theme of ADD required a hyper focused approach toward creating this project to the extent that I carried out every aspect on my own. Inward vs Outward focus is continued through the recording of Spectratta. In live performance of the score to silent film I worked with a live pianist. For the soundtrack recording, I performed it "virtually" in the computer, editing it into sounding how I would play it in real space. Meanwhile, the character of the violin performance in Spectratta is purposefully "raw" in that I have approached it with the kind of singular focus and passion that only ADD can bring. This work is currently being expanded into a multidisciplinary dance piece in collaboration with the DAIPANbutoh Collective.