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Miriam Cutler

American Promise

2013
American Promise

Project Details

Released 2013
Production Company Rada Films/PBS -- Directed by Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster
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Project Details

Synopsis


A documentary 13 years in the making, AMERICAN PROMISE provides a rare look into the lives of two middle class Black families as they navigate the ups and downs of parenting and educating their sons.  The documentary captures the stories of Idres, Seun, and their families from the first day of kindergarten all the way to their 2012 High School graduation.  All of this is set against the backdrop of a persistent educational achievement gap that dramatically affects African-American boys at all socioeconomic levels across the country.


Credits


Produced and Directed byJOE BREWSTER and MICHELE STEPHENSON


Co-Executive Producer DAN COGAN


Editors ERIN CASPER, MART MANHARDT, and ANDREW SIWOFF


Original Score by MIRIAM CUTLER


Awards & Festivals


Premiered at Sundance 2013


Featured in the New York FIlm Festival and is currently enjoying a National Theatrical Release


Winner, The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award, 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival


Winner, Special Documentary Jury Prize, Sundance


Broadcast PBS 2014


american promise awards


Reviews


"Riveting -- an intimate look at what it's like to be young, black, and male in a largely white private school" ~ Variety


"A hard edged and inspiring account of how African American males can attain academic success" ~ The Hollywood Reporter



Project Details

Synopsis


A documentary 13 years in the making, AMERICAN PROMISE provides a rare look into the lives of two middle class Black families as they navigate the ups and downs of parenting and educating their sons.  The documentary captures the stories of Idres, Seun, and their families from the first day of kindergarten all the way to their 2012 High School graduation.  All of this is set against the backdrop of a persistent educational achievement gap that dramatically affects African-American boys at all socioeconomic levels across the country.


Credits


Produced and Directed byJOE BREWSTER and MICHELE STEPHENSON


Co-Executive Producer DAN COGAN


Editors ERIN CASPER, MART MANHARDT, and ANDREW SIWOFF


Original Score by MIRIAM CUTLER


Awards & Festivals


Premiered at Sundance 2013


Featured in the New York FIlm Festival and is currently enjoying a National Theatrical Release


Winner, The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award, 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival


Winner, Special Documentary Jury Prize, Sundance


Broadcast PBS 2014


american promise awards


Reviews


"Riveting -- an intimate look at what it's like to be young, black, and male in a largely white private school" ~ Variety


"A hard edged and inspiring account of how African American males can attain academic success" ~ The Hollywood Reporter



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