Tonight, May 1, would have seen the launch of the ninth annual Montclair Film Festival, which would have run for 10 days. But on March 12, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the state Department of Health, Montclair Film announced the postponement of its public programs, including classes, screenings, special events, and the 2020 Montclair Film Festival.

Many programs for MF are now taking place online.

To mark the celebration of what would have been the opening night of the 2020 film festival Friday, MF is presenting, on Netflix, a documentary that it had hoped to include in the festival program, “Crip Camp.” 

"Crip Camp," directed by Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht, premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

The film explores a summer camp where teens with disabilities become activists.

The description of the film, on YouTube, reads: "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 executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution premiers March 25th. Watch Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, In Select Theaters and on Netflix:" 

Montclair Film will hold an online celebration and Q&A on its Facebook page,




A scene from "Crip Camp." COURTESY MONTCLAIR FILM