Three individuals–a political cartoonist, a mother turned boxing coach, and an optician–navigate their lives with resourcefulness and determination in the face of Parkinson’s disease.
At Camp Widow, every attendee, volunteer, speaker, and staff member has lost their partner; together they find camaraderie and unexpected joy.
Laura Green is an award-winning documentary director and editor based in San Francisco. Her debut documentary, The Providers, aired on Independent Lens in 2019. She edited When I Write It, which premiered at Tribeca in 2020, and the IDA award-nominated web-series The F-Word. She is an assistant professor at San Francisco State University.
Anna Moot-Levin is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer, and editor with a passion for stories about health and healthcare. Her debut documentary, The Providers, aired on PBS’s Independent Lens in 2019. She is also an associate producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary Inside Job (2010). She is based in Brooklyn.
When Michele Neff Hernandez was 35 years old, her husband Phillip went out for an evening bike ride and never came home. He was hit by a car and died an hour later. Along with the challenges of caring for a blended family of six children, Michele struggled to find people who felt like her. Born out of this need to connect with other people who understood the life-altering experience of widowhood, she launched Camp Widow, a community where every attendee, volunteer, speaker, and staff member has lost their partner. From across the U.S. and around the world, adults of all ages and backgrounds gather in various locations – San Diego, California; Toronto, Canada; Tampa, Florida – to share their experiences of partner loss while insulated from the concerns, demands, and judgments of daily life. Weary of platitudes about grief, campers share their experiences coping with the sometimes devastating financial impact of widowhood; they commiserate over the unsolicited and at times invasive sympathy of strangers; and they offer pointers about how to talk to well-meaning friends who think they should be “moving on.”