Awards Season Picks: Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

A man in a wheelchair smiling at the camera with another man standing behind him

Next in our Awards Season Picks series are film-makers James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham. They chat to journalist Charles Thorp about Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution – the award-winning Netflix documentary film they directed, wrote, and co-produced

By Gisselle Babaran

First premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution has also been nominated for an Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature. Ahead of the ceremony, James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham speak to Ludlow House member Charles Thorp about their documentary film, which follows the real lives of teenagers with disabilities – revolutionised by their time together at Camp Jened.
Founded in 1951, Camp Jened was a ‘utopia’ (as described by a former camper) in upstate New York for disabled teens to cultivate friendships, fall in love, and express their grievances with others who shared their experiences. Through these relationships, a radical agenda to make the world more accessible to disabled people was mobilised.
Watch the conversation between LeBrecht, Newnham and Thorp as they discuss the power of grassroots organising, reframing how people think about disabilities, and what it was like to collaborate with the Obamas as the film’s executive producers. 
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