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Special advance screening of
"American Promise" to be held
Friday, March 1, 2013 followed by discussion with the film's directors and networking.
450 South Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
The post screening discussion will be moderated by Sara Lomax- Reese
President & General Manager of WURD Radio.
An opening reception will be held at Arcadia Univeristy in the Grey Towers Castle beginning at 5:00pm.
The screening of the film will be held at Arcadia Univeristy in Murphy Hall's Stiteler Auditorium beginning at 6:30pm.
Parking is available and is free to all participants.
Please find the campus map below and detailed directions to the Campus by clicking the link below..
About the Film
During the film, Directors Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. American Promise is a co-production of Rada Film Group, ITVS and POV’s Diverse Voices Project. It is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Watch the film's trailer - http://youtu.be/Icbq_5RsMB8
About the Filmakers
Michele Stephenson, is the co-producer and co-director of American Promise. A graduate of McGill University and Columbia University School of Law, Stephenson uses her background in critical studies, race and human rights to inform her documentary work. Her Panamanian and Haitian heritage has also fueled her passion to tackle stories on communities of color and human rights. An early pioneer in the Web 2.0 revolution, Stephenson used video and the internet to structure human rights campaigns and train people from across the globe in video internet advocacy. Her work has appeared on PBS, Showtime, MTV and other outlets. Stephenson’s honors include: Silverdocs International Documentary Film Festival Diversity Award; and the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media.
Joe Brewster is the co-producer and co-director of American Promise. He and his partner, Michele Stephenson, have produced and directed award winning feature documentaries and narrative films. Brewster is a Harvard/Stanford educated psychiatrist who specialized in organizational analysis, the use of psychoanalytical principals to understand and improve organizations. He traveled to New York City in 1985 to pursue media studies in the service of social change. In 1992, Brewster sold his first screenplay to the Jackson-Mc-Henry group under the Warner Brothers imprint. In 1996 Brewster wrote and directed The Keeper, which was an offical selection in the dramatic narrative competition section of the Sundance Film Festival and garnered numerous national and international awards including a Spirit Award nomination.
Before and after the screening, BMe will be collecting video testimonials from black men from all walks of life about their positive contributions to Philadelphia. Men who share their stories are eligible to apply for grants of up to $20,000. The deadline for BMe grant applications is March 8th. Priority for funding will be given to projects involving multiple people working together. In total, up to $200,000 will be awarded in Philadelphia. Fund recipients or Awardees will be announced in April.
For more information about BMe, or to submit a story or apply for a grant visit www.bmecommunity.org.
For more information on American Promise visit AmericanPromise.org.
About the Black Male Development Symposium
The Black Male Development Symposium (BMDS) is a pipeline project that can lead more males, specifically Black males, to embrace more positive ways to enhance and empower their lives such as; continuing their education, working in their communities, developing more positive relationships with the women in their lives and looking at the attainment of college, more as a reality than a dream. Among the more than 5000 participants over the last seven years, were middle, high school and college students.
The Symposium was created to address the life threatening issues facing Black males and their families. There is a sad and inescapable truth — Black males live at great risk and they and their families and communities must learn strategies of survival and empowerment. The Symposium provides a forum for practical solutions by providing informative presenters and interactive workshops to assist attendees in developing realistic strategies and concrete recommendations that they can put into practice in their respective communities.
BMDS: More Than Just a Conference; but a Movement of Change, Commitment and Clarity
For more information on BMDS visit http://blackmaledevelopment.com.
1)The event is free however you must RSVP to attend.
2) Ticket must be presented at time of registration.
3) If under age 18 you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Thank you to our Community Parnters
Arcadia Univeristy's Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice