Miss Lil’s Camp is a story about an exclusive summer girls camp in Georgia and its director, Lillian Smith. Miss Lil, as the campers called her, taught privileged young women in the Jim Crow South that segregation was wrong. Some young campers were repelled by Miss Lil’s ideas while others embraced them.
Radical as the camp was for the times, nothing prepared the South for Lillian Smith’s first novel, Strange Fruit, published in 1994. The book was labeled obscene, banned in Boston and distributed around the South in a paper bag.
In Miss Lil’s Camp we meet three former campers and a former camp employee who return to Laurel Falls Camp in Clayton, Georgia in Fall 2003. Through the memories of these women and rare audio-visual archival footage, Laurel Falls Camp and Lillian Smith are brought back to life.
"We have had 1600 submissions for this year's festival ... Congrats!---only 7% of this year's entries will make it to the 30th Annual fest."
Atlanta Film Festival,
Jake Jacobson, Executive Director
"I watched "Miss Lil's Camp" last night and loved it!"
Jacksonville Film Festival,
Jean Tait, Executive Director
"I just can't recommend "Miss Lil's Camp" highly enough for people to see."
Mary Glenney, co-host of The Women's Show
"I love "Miss Lil's Camp!" It is inspirational, sweet and very engaging."
Artivist 2005 Film Festival,
Elaine Mello, Film Department Producer
"Miss Lil's Camp" is perfect for our film festival, as we are showing other films about women who have made a difference in the world."
UNIFEM Gulf Coast Chapter,
Jan Holmes, Board of Directors Member
"Thanks again for allowing us to screen "Miss Lil's Camp" - it was a great success in our human rights program."
East Lansing Film Festival
Meagan Stockemer, Program Director
"I thought the screening of "Miss Lil's Camp" and ensuing conversation were all wonderful."
Southern Regional Council,
Debbie Curley, Development Director,
"An excellent film that raised many important issues and gave some important historical information to a new generation that may not know about Lillian Smith and her work."
Academic Professional Women's Studies Institute, Georgia State University
Charlene Ball, Ph.D.,
"What a wonderful film to honor. You made our job easy!"
Monika Moreno, Director
Miss Lil's Camp
Miss Lil's Camp was produced in conjunction with
The Documentary Institute at The College of Journalism and Communications at The University of Florida