festival program / Documentary Achievement Award

Crip Camp


WINNER - Sundance Film Festival 2020 U.S. Documentary - Audience Award

The liberation movements around race, gender and sexuality have been well-documented. Now Crip Camp shines a light on the overlooked, but equally important disability-rights movement. Its origins trace back to Camp Jened, created for disabled teens in the early 1970s, down the road from Woodstock. Directors Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht (a former Jened camper himself) trace how the camp members became the nucleus for a legal and societal crusade that's still ongoing. Filled with the spirit, music and humor of the era, the film shows how "some success stories only grow more powerful with age, and their ability to inspire action is timeless" (Indiewire).

The short film "Endure the Suck" will precede the screening of Crip Camp.

This screening is sponsored by Fringe Partners.

Please note that wheelchair spaces at theaters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit miamifilmfestival.com/faq/#accessibility for more information, or reach out to info@miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-3456 with any questions regarding accessibility.

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SilverSpot Cinema 13

Director Bio

Nicole Newnham is an Emmy-winning producer, director and writer. She co-directed the Emmy-nominated The Revolutionary Optimists and The Rape of Europa, which was nominated for a Writers Guild Award and shortlisted for an Academy Award. Newnham produced the VR films Collisions, winner of the Emmy for Outstanding New Approaches to Documentary and Awavena.

Jim LeBrecht is a disability-rights activist, film and theatre sound designer and author. He is the founder of Berkeley Sound Artists, a well-known audio post-production house. His film credits include Minding the Gap (18), Unrest (17), The Island President (11) and Audrie & Daisy (16). He serves on the board of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht
  • Producer(s)
    Nicole Newnham, Sara Bolder, Jim LeBrecht
  • Composer
    Bear McCreary

Film Info