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Zeno Mountain Farm

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Zeno Mountain Farm (or Zeno for short) is a non-profit, year round organization that hosts camps for people with and without disabilities. Their flagship camp is held in Bristol, VT, during the month of July. Satellite camps are held in Los Angeles, CA and Jensen Beach, FL. In total the camp is in session for 120 days a year. Each camp session has a specific goal ranging from putting on a play to participating in athletic events. The camp is run entirely by donations and volunteers, allowing for all campers to attend without cost.

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Zeno was founded in 2008 by brothers Will and Peter Halby and is directed by them and their respective spouses. Zeno is based off the Martha's Vineyard Camp Jabberwocky which the brothers participated in. A documentary film about Zeno Mountain Farm, directed by Micheal Barnett titled "Becoming Bulletproof" was released in 2014. The film follows the making of a Western film by the volunteers and campers.

VT summer camp

Zeno Mountain Farm holds a month long, flagship, summer camp in July in which the participants engage in a variety of activities. Campers swim, windsurf, do arts and crafts, dance, sing and hold bonfires. The two main activities are creating a float and costumes for the annual 4 July parade held in the town of Bristol, and producing and performing a play, open to the public, on the final days of camp.

Satellite camps

Various other camps and activities are held throughout the year. Film, music and athletic camps are held in Los Angeles. Every year an original film is produced by the participants and is premiered across the country to help raise funds for the camp. A sports camp takes place in Jensen Beach, Florida.

Becoming Bulletproof

Becoming Bulletproof is a documentary film that follows the making of a Western style movie by the Zeno participants. Director Michael Barnett was inspired to make the documentary after attending a film premiere and fundraiser for the camp three years prior to the project. "Becoming Bulletproof" provides insight into the struggles of film making but its primary focus is on the cultivating of friendships between the actors, crew and other volunteers.

References

Zeno Mountain Farm Wikipedia


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