‘Crip Camp’ Trailer: Obama-Produced Documentary Charts Course Of The Disability Rights Movement

Following on their Oscar-winning documentary American Factory, exec-producers Barack and Michelle Obama have returned with another award winner. Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution premiered at Sundance and became an instant sensation. The crowd-pleasing film came away with the prestigious Audience Award for U.S. Documentary.

Directed by Nicole Newnham and former camper Jim LeBrecht, the film centers on a trailblazing summer camp that helped galvanize a disabled teens.  The timing of the film couldn’t be better as it arrives on the 30th anniversary of the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act.

SYNOPSIS: 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, where 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.

Crip Camp comes to Netflix on March 25th and will play theatrically in New York and Los Angeles.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.