This meandering documentary about kids at camp is a lost cause

Summercamp!

on July 20, 2007 by Kevin Courrier
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The subject of summer camp is rife with possibilities since just about everyone has both horror stories and treasured anecdotes about their first adventures in the country woods. Summercamp , however, gets lost in the forest. While documenting a group of kids exploring their summer experience, Sarah Price and Bradley Beesley demonstrate no clear idea as to what they're hoping to document. The movie, which seems influenced, for the worst, by reality television, captures children and their counselors in various circumstances, but with no attempt to bring any insight to the proceedings. For example, when we discover that many of these kids have certain emotional problems, like ADD, we never find out if this is even a special camp for problem kids. Although the children have distinct personalities, the directors merely capture them at funny, or painful, moments without any attempt to shape the material. When we see tension among the counselors, it's never explored so that we might understand the hardship of being one. Summercamp is so haphazard it might as well be someone's digitally enhanced home movie. Distributor: Argot
Director: Sarah Price and Bradley Beesley
Producer: Devorah DeVries, Sarah Price and Bradley Beesley
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Unrated
Running time: 85 min.
Release date: July 18, 2007 NY
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