Part of SFFILM Festival
Born with spina bifida, 15-year-old Jim LeBrecht found first love and a tribe when he spent the summer of 1971 at a Catskills camp for the disabled. He and his new friends also discovered something else: their voices. How that experience leads to the fledgling, Bay Area-incubated disability rights movement and to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act is at the heart of this riveting documentary that blends archival footage, news reports, and contemporary interviews. A Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner.
These are both free community screenings with open captions.
“This is a movie that starts with powerful memories of childhood but uses them as merely seeds for something much greater — a look at how formative experiences can really shape the future. Expertly editing together moving interviews with its subjects with archival material, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution becomes a commentary on how to change the world. It’s not just common human decency that should lead to equality for disabled people, but the truth that empowerment for everyone is the only path to true progress for anyone.” — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
Jim LeBrecht is a long-time sound editor, mixer, and designer, primarily for documentaries, but also for such narratives as Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), where he served as sound effects editor, and The Singing Detective (2003), for which he was the sound designer. Crip Camp is his directorial debut.
After getting her start as a producer, Nicole Newnham made her directing debut as co-director of Sentenced Home (2006). Her other films include The Rape of Europa (2006) and The Revolutionary Optimists (2013).