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. Amidst group activities, showy arguments, and secret conversations, filmmakers Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price submerge themselves into this curious camp subculture, capturing a diverse array of adolescents from all economic and social backgrounds. Through the non-calloused eyes of kids, Summercamp! captures the raw emotional experiences that will endure with them for the rest of their lives. Summercamp! features an original soundtrack by The Flaming Lips & Noisola.
Within Summercamp! we meet:
Cameron – Struggling with popularity at camp, his anti-social antics push him and his counselors to the edge.
Spencer – Ultra-articulate and a self proclaimed "Leader, not follower." He can be found brooding and reading Tom Clancy by the lake.
Holly – A self-reflective loner who obsesses over chickadees and pocket able friends.
Boo – Bright and quick-witted, she revels in the plethora of friends she finds at camp; a stark contrast to the loneliness she feels at home.
Summercamp! lends insight into the world of the modern American adolescent who, while preparing for adulthood at home, still clings to childhood frivolity and curiosity at camp. The film witnesses how three short weeks ultimately affect their personal identities and collective futures, while at once reminiscing on what it was like to sample the first taste of independence.
Sarah Price, Director, Summer Camp