Real Live Angels was a hit for the audience of more than 80 moviegoers who enjoyed popcorn, candy and the stories shared from several generations of visitors and participants at Camp Summit, the summer camp for people with disabilities that is at the heart of the documentary. It was an honor for me to visit not only with current and recent staff and campers, but to share time with families and counselors who have been involved with Camp Summit for decades, including a group of wonderful women from the Dallas Soroptimist Club. In fact, the Dallas Soroptimist Club presented a check to Carla Weiland, CEO of Camp Summit, to go towards camp scholarships.
The response for the 45 minute movie was humbling – the audience cheered, cried and applauded throughout, particularly in the segment introducing Freddy Cobb, who at 69 attends camp for the 61st straight year and served as the gracious host of the screening at The Windsor, the luxury assisted living apartments that he calls home. The fifth of six scheduled pre-festival screenings was an emotional and draining event for yours truly. My daughter Nicole and her sweetheart Hanna finally saw the film from beginning to end for the first time, and many of the folks who are featured in the movie were on hand. I am proud that they found the movie inspiring and joyous and hope that energy can help us continue to share the story of this remarkable place – and other camps like it – that bring our attention to focus on the need for inclusion and love for all in our families and communities.
The next screening is Thursday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman. It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session.