Crip Camp


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Apr 16 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Apr 17 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Apr 18 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Apr 21 1:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2020
Run Time:106 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:James Lebrecht
Nicole Newnham


“Crip Camp” is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Oscars.

In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened — a ramshackle camp “for the handicapped” in the Catskills — exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking and makeout sessions awaiting everyone, and campers felt fulfilled as human beings.

Their bonds endured as they migrated West to Berkeley, California — a promised land for a growing and diverse disability community — where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption and unity might secure life-changing accessibility for millions.

Co-directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham and film mixer and former camper Jim LeBrecht, this joyous and exuberant documentary arrives the same year as the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, at a time when the country’s largest minority group still battles daily for the freedom to exist.

“Crip Camp” is executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama; Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan; Oscar-nominee Howard Gertler (How to Survive a Plague) and Raymond Lifchez, Jonathan Logan and Patty Quillin.