Directed by Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SXSW FILM FESTIVAL
HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2006, 85 min
Summercamp! follows the day-to-day drama of 90 kids let loose in the woods at Swift Nature Camp in northern Wisconsin. Camp is a place where kids can be kids, where their home and school lives momentarily fade into the background as they go through the highs and lows of adolescent rituals: sing-alongs, talent shows, homesickness, counselor mutiny--and first love.
the saddest, sweetest, most magical and most deeply affecting movie of the season.
The New York Times
Summercamp is a riot of talent shows and campfires, canoeing, and holistic clowning.
Time Out New York
With tenderness and joy, Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price capture the precious moments of preteen freedomÑnot from parents and school, but from self-awareness and doubt.
New York Post
A sweeter, more unassuming movie isn't likely to come our way anytime soon.
TV Guide Online
utterly charming.........Beesley and Price's young subjects are smart and unusually articulate, and they talk about their lives with a perspective one doesn't expect from children.
New York Sun
Summercamp, a marvelously honest new film.
In its shuddering truth, Summercamp! dares to suggest that the grand disaster of youth as we knew it was actually... fun.
A feel good hit for the summer.
the sweet nostalgia is irresistible.
It's funny, it's sad and leaves you with a big smile on your face.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
And if Summercamp!" is any indication, happy camper or not, the experience remains a formative one.
Ain't It Cool News
one of the finest profiles of childhood I've ever seen.
you can practically taste those burnt wieners.
this is pure cinema‰Û_It's like Lord of the Flies with exhausted post-teen counselors running around grilling hot dogs and serving as the objects of first love...richly rewarding.
Lincoln Journal Star
insightful and refreshing.
The Boston Globe
observes the specific until the specific turns universal...until you find yourself moved beyond words.
sweet and alive with homesickness, high-fives, sing-a-longs and armpit farts
wonderfully funny....lighthearted and a helluva lot of fun, Summercamp! is a perfect end to the season
eloquently captures the triumphs and traumas of this ageless ritual.
the music, by the Flaming Lips, is stellar.
Pure and heartbreaking, if you don't relate to this film you were never a kid.
...it will go down as one of the most entertaining movies of the year
Ain't It Cool News
You'll definitely leave with a smile on your face
The Austin Chronicle
...a respectful, contemplative, and often blithe portrait of kids being kids
Time Out Chicago
Hilarious, touching and a hell of a lot of fun