2024 FESTIVALApr 10-20, 2024Lansing, MI

Opening Night Feature: CAMP RICSTAR

We’re thrilled to announce our CCFF24 Opening Night Feature: CAMP RICSTAR. This documentary highlights the camp of the same name that takes place in East Lansing, MI each summer. CAMP RICSTAR is an affirmation of the joys of music, the power of community, and the need for inclusion of a population too often left out.


We’re hosting two screenings of CAMP RICSTAR.

6 PM Screening SOLD OUT

Doors open at 5 PM — so join us for a reception with the filmmakers and cast/crew before the screening of CAMP RICSTAR, along with the short film THE BOY AND THE GALAXY, begins at 6 PM A Q&A with the cast/crew will follow the screening. Concessions and drinks will be available for purchase.

8:30 PM Screening

A Q&A with the cast/crew will follow both screenings.

Presale Tickets

All-Access Passes


CAMP RICSTAR explores the heartbreaking history and profound impact of a one-of-a-kind camp for people with disabilities, the Eric ‘Ricstar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, we follow eight spirited campers who embrace being uninhibited as they sing, dance, create, connect, and discover new ways to express themselves. Finally, they perform at the “Be-a-Star Showcase,” where every level of ability is included and celebrated center stage.

Sam McConnell (director, producer) and Lukas Hauser (writer, producer, editor) have made several award-winning documentaries and were moved to tell the story of CAMP RICSTAR after learning of Eric Winter’s story in 2019.

Executive Producers Dick and Judy Winter are Michigan natives and co-founders of RicStar’s Camp, which was created in tribute to their son Eric. Judy is also a nationally recognized author and disability activist.