Mary D. Fisher Theatre presents ‘Crip Camp’ April 16-21

Film nominated for Academy Award for Best Documentary shows at the Fisher Theatre

The Mary D. Fisher Theatre is proud to present the Academy Award-nominated “Crip Camp” showing April 16-21 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Crip Camp” is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Oscars.

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, and 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.

Co-directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham and film mixer and former camper Jim LeBrecht, this joyous and exuberant documentary arrives the same year as the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, at a time when the country’s largest minority group still battles daily for the freedom to exist.

“Crip Camp” is executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama; Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan; Oscar-nominee Howard Gertler (How to Survive a Plague) and Raymond Lifchez, Jonathan Logan and Patty Quillin.

“Crip Camp” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre April 16-21. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17; 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 18; and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit:

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