Netflix has released the trailer for Crip Camp, the feature documentary that opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival and went on to take the Audience Award. The film, directed by Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht and the second docu offering from Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground after their Oscar-winning American Factory, is prepping for its March 25 launch on the streaming service. It will also have a theatrical awards qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York.
The story centers on Camp Jened, an unorthodox summer camp for teenagers with disabilities just down the road from Woodstock in the early 1970s, where campers had their first taste of sex and drugs — and which ended up fostering a revolutionary spirit that led directly to the modern disability rights movement.
The pic is based on the experiences of co-director LeBrecht, a sound mixer and former camper, and draws from archival footage to show how the campers’ bonds endured as they migrated West to Berkeley, CA — a promised land for a growing and diverse disability community — where they realized that by working together they might secure life-changing accessibility for millions.
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Crip Camp arrives the same year as the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Check out the trailer above.
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