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Town Hall Seattle, the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium, and Seattle International Film Festival present

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (SOLD OUT)

Screening and Directors Q&A

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Sat Nov 18, 2023
1:00 pm PST


The Wyncote NW Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, 98101 United States
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The Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium, Town Hall, and Seattle International Film Festival are thrilled to co-present a free screening of Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, with a preshow introduction by architect Karen L. Braitmayer, followed by a Q&A moderated by Michael Greer, President and CEO of ArtsFund with the film’s co-directors, James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham. This special event celebrates the 33rd anniversary of the ADA and honors Judy Heumann (1947-2023), a prominent disability rights activist who worked in the Clinton and Obama administrations and is widely regarded as “the mother” of the Disability Rights Movement.

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On the heels of Woodstock, a group of teen campers are inspired to join the fight for disability civil rights. This spirited look at grassroots activism is a Netflix documentary, executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. Crip Camp won the Audience Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

James LeBrecht has over 40 years of experience as a film and theater sound designer and mixer, filmmaker, author, and disability rights activist. LeBrecht co-directed and co-produced, with Nicole Newnham, the 2021 Oscar-nominated feature-length documentary, Crip Camp. The film received the 2020 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for feature-length documentary, the 2021 Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Documentary, and a 2021 Peabody Award. Some of LeBrecht’s additional accomplishments include co-founding FWD-Doc, an organization that supports documentary filmmakers with disabilities. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Jim is a member of the Disability Futures Fellowship, an initiative of the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Nicole Newnham is an acclaimed American documentary film producer, writer, and director. She co-directed and produced the Oscar-nominated film Crip Camp (2020) with James LeBrecht and earned multiple Emmy nominations for The Rape of Europa. Newnham collaborated with Lynette Wallworth on the Emmy-winning virtual reality projects Collisions (2017) and Awavena (2020). Her latest film, The Disappearance of Shere Hite, premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

Michael Greer is the President and CEO of ArtsFund. Having worked as a professional artist and an executive in the nonprofit and for-profit space, he brings a wealth of experience to the role that spans the United States, India, and Mainland China. With degrees in economics, education, and business, Michael brings a diverse skill set to the role and a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of the sector. In addition, he is a dedicated community partner and serves on a number of boards including the Downtown Seattle Association, Inspire WA, Puget Sound Regional Council’s Economic Development District, Seattle Regional Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of King County. As a relationship builder, thought leader, and strategic planner, Michael is dedicated to supporting the mission of ArtsFund to support the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grantmaking in order to build a healthy, equitable, and creative Washington.

Architect Karen L. Braitmayer, FAIA, is the founding principal of Studio Pacifica, an accessibility consulting firm based in Seattle, Washington. In addition to her firm’s consulting work with nationally known architects and corporate clients, her “good fight” has consistently focused on supporting equity and full inclusion for persons with disabilities. As a registered architect, Braitmayer was admitted to the prestigious College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2004. Her professional expertise and personal experience also led to her appointment by President Barack Obama to the United States Access Board, and she served in that position until July 2023.

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) believes in film’s unique power to share original stories, diverse perspectives, and rich emotional journeys. Beginning in 1976 with the annual Seattle International Film Festival, then expanding into year-round programming, and our five-screen SIFF Cinema, we have offered experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world for nearly five decades. Our audiences allow us to take risks, host complex conversations, and truly appreciate film.

The Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium (SCAC), an organization fiscally sponsored by Shunpike, envisions a world where people of all abilities are an integral part of Seattle’s arts and culture arena. SCAC implements workshops and hosts networking events, reaching hundreds of participants throughout the area and across the nation.

SCAC is pleased to recognize the following sponsors of this event: ArtsFund, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture,  Seattle Foundation, ArtsWA, and Seattle People’s Fund.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle, The Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium, and the Seattle International Film Festival.

Live Captioning, ASL interpretation, and open Audio Description will be provided at this event.

The Wyncote NW Forum is an accessible space. Learn more about accessibility and attending events at Town Hall here.

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