How's Your News? (1999)

Genres - Culture & Society, Language & Literature  |   Sub-Genres - Journalism, Sociology, Illnesses & Disabilities  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Video artist and counselor to Camp Jabberwocky -- the country's oldest camp for mentally and physically disabled adults -- Arthur Bradford spins this documentary about an unusual news production team. Since 1993, the camp has produced a series of man-on-the-street videos that are funny, sad, and at times extremely awkward. Those they produced primarily for friends and family have slowly gained a cult following including South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and indie producer John Pierson. The three gathered the funds for the camp video team -- consisting of five reporters with disabilities from Down's syndrome to severe cerebral palsy -- to go on a cross-country trip. Along the way, they interview Vegas showgirls, alligator wranglers, homeless people, cowboys, and truckers. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

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journalism, news, reporter, road-trip, camp, cross-country, handicap, human-spirit, interview, mental-retardation