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American Promise: World Premiere at Sundance

by Sydney Levine
January 22, 2013 5:30 PM
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Spanning 12 years in the lives of two families, American Promise provides a rare look into black middle class life while exploring common hopes and hurdles of parents navigating their children’s educational journey.  The co-directors will be available for most of the festival. The two main subjects in the film will be available only through Tuesday. 

* World Premiere
American Promise (USA)
US Documentary Competition
Dir. Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson

Set against the backdrop of a persistent educational achievement gap that dramatically affects African-American boys at all socioeconomic levels across the country, American Promise puts a face to the unique social and emotional needs of these boys and poignantly calls into question the commonly held assumptions about access, resources and what really influences academic performance. This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons.

Interview opportunity:
Joe Brewster (dir./docu. subject), Michèle Stephenson (dir./docu. subject)
Idris Brewster (docu. subject / son of Joe & Michele)
Seun Summers (docu. subject), Seun’s parents (docu. subject)

Monday, January 21, 6:00 p.m.       Temple Theatre, Park City
Tuesday January 22 at 9pm           Holiday Village Cinema 2, Park City  (P&I)
Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 p.m.  Redstone Cinema 2, Park City
Thursday, January 24, 2:45 p.m.     Broadway Centre Cinema 6, SLC
Friday, January 25, 11:15 a.m.         MARC, Park City
Saturday, January 26, 3:00 p.m.      Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City

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