Filmmaker Jim LeBrecht to Discuss His Documentary, Disability Civil Rights at LSU

October 23, 2023

BATON ROUGE—The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication will hold a film screening of the documentary “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” and a panel discussion featuring co-director and co-producer, Jim LeBrecht, at Louisiana State University on Oct. 25, 2023.

This discussion will highlight the messages and stories of those advocating for historic legislation changes in “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.” The panelists—filmmaker Jim LeBrecht, disability rights activist Gia Gervais, LSU Law student Aydin Virga and LSU student Tommie Wilkins—will discuss today’s state of disability civil rights and explore how college communities play a role in supporting those with disabilities.

“I look forward to sharing our film and the stories of those in it,” LeBrecht said. "Disability rights and justice are often overlooked or misunderstood. I believe our film helps to reframe what being disabled means for those with and without a disability. With greater understanding, I hope our film will help create a better world for all.”

The event, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution - Film Screening and Panel Discussion, is on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 3:30 p.m. in the Holliday Forum of the LSU Journalism Building. Admission is free and open to the public. Register for the event at Eventbrite. The event will be livestreamed on the Manship School’s YouTube channel.

“The Reilly Center is excited to raise awareness on these issues and examine ways we, as a university organization, can support individuals with disabilities,” said Jenée Slocum, director of the Reilly Center.

The event will be accessible via a ramp located at the side of the building, between Hodges Hall and the Journalism building. ASL interpretation and closed captioning will also be provided. Parking meters are located in the West Stadium lot and the Union Square Garage, which can be accessed from East Campus Drive. Visitor parking is available on the second, third and fourth floors of the garage for $1.50 per hour.

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The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs is partnership-driven, action-oriented and dedicated to exploring contemporary issues at the intersection of mass communication and public life. Its interdisciplinary approach draws together experts from diverse fields to advance research and dialogue. The intent is to inspire our communities to think deeply, take action, develop solutions and broaden knowledge. Underlying the Center’s endeavors is to strengthen and advance the Manship School’s national and state leadership in media and politics.

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: Master of Mass Communication, Ph.D. in Media and Public Affairs, Certificate of Strategic Communication and a dual MMC/Law degree.

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