See also: Behind the Scenes at Sundance
In 1969, the eyes of the nation focused on rural Woodstock, New York, as thousands of people from all across the country descended on a farm for what would become arguably the biggest concert of the century. Around the same time, just over an hour away in Rock Hill, New York, a bunch of disabled kids were enjoying an equally transformational moment at Camp Jened, a small summer camp.
The friendships and mutual understanding those campers developed would go on to serve as key pillars in the nascent disability rights movement, with the campers leading the way as the movement’s architects. The camp, the campers and their legacies are the subject of the documentary, Crip Camp, which was produced by Barack and Michelle Obama for Netflix, and featured at the 2020 Sundance Festival, where it won the Audience Award.
In “Crip Camp,” David Radcliff talks with the film’s co-directors, Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, about why this documentary of a long-ago counter-cultural time is the movie we need today. Then, Radcliff takes us “Behind the Scenes at Sundance,” reporting on the festival’s efforts to embrace the disability community and the work that still needs to be done.
Though it now boasts President Barack Obama as one of its executive producers, the powerful Netflix documentary Crip Camp wouldn’t have happened at all, if not for co-director Jim LeBrecht’s cherished memories of Camp J