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Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

Thursday, February 18 at 7:30pm
Smith Opera House
The Smith Film Club


About Crip Camp

Crip Camp starts in 1971 at Camp Jened, a summer camp in New York described as a “loose, free-spirited camp designed for teens with disabilities”.

Starring Larry Allison, Judith Heumann, James LeBrecht, Denise Sherer Jacobson, and Stephen Hofmann, the film focuses on those campers who turned themselves into activists for the disability rights movement and follows their fight for accessibility legislation.

Crip Camp will be moderated by RIT’s Director Disability Services, Catherine Lewis!

Disabled protestors occupy the sidewalk in front of the United States White House

About our moderator: Catherine Lewis

Catherine Lewis poses for a photoDr. Catherine Lewis serves as Director of Disability Services at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where she is dedicated to creating equity and access for disabled students, and fostering an inclusive campus community that embraces disability as diversity. Throughout over a decade working in higher education, she has served in both faculty and student affairs roles. Dr. Lewis teaches courses at Harvard University and University of Rochester, and is a frequent guest lecturer on access in higher education, inclusive music-making, and disability justice.

As a woman with cerebral palsy, Dr. Lewis is both personally and professionally passionate about access and equity for members of the disability community. Upon graduating from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in 2008, she was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to research the role of art in social activism around the world. While abroad, she founded the “Music of Difference” project: a concert series whose goal is to encourage positive, empowered conversations about disability and diversity. Two Music of Difference albums have been released and the project was presented at venues across the globe, including the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and VSA International Disability Arts Convention in Washington, DC. Dr. Lewis received both her Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and studied Higher Education at University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education.


Join our discussion on Zoom!

At 7:30pm on Thursday, February 18, 2021 we will be hosting a public Zoom discussion for those who watched the film. Be sure to join our mailing list to receive the Zoom link and helpful reminder emails!

Crip Camp is available to screen on these following platforms:

Netflix (free with subscription)

About The Smith Film Club

Since 2021 is all about using what we learned in 2020 and making it better, we decided to make a few tweaks to how Film Club members view films and participate in discussions:

  • Say “goodbye” to late night discussions! All discussions will start at 7:30pm and will be hosted bi-weekly.
  • Watch on your own time. We’ve decided to prioritize the discussion over the Teleparty screening. With films being sourced from all over the internet, you can choose how you watch and when.
  • All discussions will be guest moderated! Moderators are great at providing some extra insight and context with our films.

Make sure to join our mailing list to receive the discussion link and reminder emails!

Runtime:1h 48m
Crip Camp movie poster. A black teen boy poses with a guitar over his shoulder, standing behind a young wheelchair bound white boy in a rural setting.