Dave Chappelle’s 2020 ‘Summer Camp’ Footage to Premiere at 2021 Tribeca Film Festival

We’ve wondered for almost a year now what would happen to all of that documentary footage shot last summer in Yellow Springs, Ohio, as Dave Chappelle put on comedy shows and invited his funny friends over to visit, perform and play during the heights of the pandemic.

Now we know.

The Tribeca Film Festival gets to debut the footage this June as the closing-night feature inside Radio City Music Hall! Oscar-winning filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (for the doc, American Factory).

Here’s the announcement:

On June 19th, Tribeca will close out this year’s Festival by world-premiering the latest work from one of the greatest comic voices of all-time, Dave Chappelle, at the legendary Radio City Music Hall. Chappelle teamed up with Academy Award-winning filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, who also happen to be his neighbors, to create the currently-untitled documentary. The film focuses on a series of comedy shows that Chappelle performed in his neighbor’s cornfield to help energize his small Ohio town in the wake of the pandemic and rising emotions over social injustice.

“Premiering our film at Tribeca and closing out the festival at Radio City Music Hall is a big honor,” said Chappelle. “Our film is about courage and resilience, something New Yorkers can relate to.”

You can find out more and try to score tickets later this week through the Tribeca Film Festival.

Sean L. McCarthy

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