Slanted Perspectives: My Life with SMA

This movie shows how my muscle disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) has affected my life and how I hope people can view kids with disabilities.

  • Aaron Phelps
  • Aaron Phelps
  • Aaron Phelps
  • Aaron Phelps
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Angelo Rodriguez High School
Director Biography - Aaron Phelps

Aaron Phelps, a fifteen year old freshman at a high school in Fairfield, California, has overcome immeasurable obstacles in his life long fight against Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA.

Diagnosed at just three months of age with the most severe form of SMA, and given less than two years to live, Aaron's doctors told his parents to "just take him home and love him for the time he has left". Believing that they should Never Give Up, Aaron and his family have fought to ensure that his life is amazing.

Now, Aaron is starting to fulfill his dream of becoming a film director. He made his directorial debut in 2022 and has already been recognized with a third place award in the California statewide 2023 Directing Change Program and Film Contest, Hope & Justice category with his movie "My Hope for 2023: Belonging", and an honorable mention in the same film contest for his movie "Search for Compassion". Aaron's screenwriting and directorial talents were also recognized by a first place award in the 2023 Solano County Kindness Campaign for his movie "I Want To Join The Karate Club". Aaron's work was highlighted in the 2023 Eye Light Film Festival.

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Director Statement

I always wanted to be a director because I've always loved movies and TV shows and wanted to work in the film industry. I also like trying to help people learn about kids like me who can't walk so they can understand more about what life is like for us.