Arthouse Garage Podcast

046: Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

We look at the 2020 documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, about a camp for teens with disabilities-- that changed our world
Season 6: Best Films of 2020
046: Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

“I hear about a summer camp for the handicapped run by hippies. Somebody said you probably will smoke dope with the counselors, and I’m like…sign me up!”

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In today’s episode we look at the 2020 documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, which tells the story of a remarkable summer camp for teens with disabilities called Camp Jened that operated in New York State in the 70s. The film contains footage of the camp, and we get to know several of the campers, and then we follow them and see what they did in the decades following—and it is remarkable. The film has tons of info on disability advocacy and the history of people with disabilities fighting for fair treatment, and it makes a strong case that this fight is far from over. It’s also incredibly entertaining, funny, and endearing as we witness the relationships between several of the campers and where those go over the years.

My guest today is Kerri Michael. Kerri does a lot of things, she works for a film organization called Made in Arkansas, she’s a yoga instructor, and a movie nerd like myself. She also works for Disability Rights Arkansas so I immediately thought of her when I watched this movie, and I knew she’d be a good person to have on the show with her combination of disability knowledge and cinema love.


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Andrew Sweatman

Andrew is a writer, podcaster, and film lover who wants to help people think critically about movies. He lives in central Arkansas with his wife Allison and two children, Rosie & Beau. Andrew is the Senior Editor at Arthouse Garage and a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA). Find him at and on Twitter and Instagram: @ArthouseGarage.

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