American Promise (2012)

  • Director: Michele Stephenson
  • Director: Joe Brewster
Website:
http://www.americanpromise.org/
Social:
American Promise Facebook

American Promise follows two African-American boys from middle class families as they navigate their way through a prestigious New York City prep school. This documentary tracks each boy's 12-year journey from kindergarten to high school graduation as both families are determined to put their sons on a path to success. It paints an intimate portrait of the distinct and troubling growing pains young men of color experience, while shedding light on the universal struggle families and schools confront when addressing issues of identity and opportunity. The film sparks a critical conversation about the complex factors that influence academic development and the unspoken social and emotional needs all children have, regardless of where they start out.

The Film Campaign

Picking up where the film leaves off, we are designing a campaign that will mobilize young people, parents/caregivers, educators and policymakers to develop real solutions to the achievement gap crisis. Through partnerships, screening events, face-to-face conversations and multi-media tools, American Promise will find innovative ways to support efforts to advance the success of young men of color.

The documentary is just the beginning. Along with our partners, we're developing a series of multimedia tools designed to extend the American Promise narrative and activate our audience. They include:

tablet/phone image A geolocative mobile tool that helps parents and caregivers connect with one another and set goals to help meet their sons' needs

drawing of bookA book that explores American Promise's themes from the perspectives of the parents and experts featured in the film

drawing of video game console buttonsA youth empowerment module and stereotype detector game designed to provide young males with tools to process the film in the context of their own stories

film reel drawingA short animated video that breaks down the crisis and sheds light on solutions

finger pushing a buttonAn interactive installation that features re-purposed footage from the film and travels to malls, barbershops, school cafeterias, and laundromats

Issue: Education, Race & Ethnicity

Collection:

Reel Education

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Event Name Date City State   Location Status
American Promise May 23, 2014 Alexandria NC United States Alexandria Library - Beatley Central Branch Complete
The Bridge PR for Social Good Apr 23, 2014 Huntersville NC United States Private Residence Complete
Destination Equity Conference Apr 11, 2014 Los Angeles CA United States Westin Bonaventure Hotel Complete
American Promise Apr 01, 2014 Plattsburgh NY United States Mountain Lake PBS Complete
American Promise Mar 27, 2014 Bloomfield Hills MS United States Bloomfield Hills School District - Doyle Center Complete
American Promise Mar 26, 2014 Rochester NY United States WXXI Education Outreach Complete
American Promise Mar 25, 2014 Los Angeles CA United States USC School of Cinematic Arts Complete
American Promise Mar 25, 2014 Durham NC United States Durham Academy - Kenan Auditorium Complete
American Promise Mar 21, 2014 Sautee Nacoochee GA United States Sautee Nacoochee Center Complete
American Promise Mar 21, 2014 New York NY United States Ethical Culture Fieldston School - Black Psychiatrist of New York Complete
American Promise Mar 19, 2014 Oakland CA United States New Parkway Theater Complete
American Promise Mar 19, 2014 Michigan City IN United States AMC Showplace Michigan City 14 Complete
American Promise Mar 15, 2014 Sebastopol CA United States Sebastopol Center for the Arts Complete
American Promise Mar 13, 2014 St. Louis MO United States Missouri History Museum Complete
"American Promise": ALANA Film Screening Mar 05, 2014 Hamilton NY United States Love Auditorium, Olin Hall Complete
American Promise Feb 27, 2014 Las Vegas NV United States BEH 241, University of Nevada Complete
American Promise Feb 10, 2014 San Antonio TX United States Alamo Drafthouse Park North Complete
American Promise Feb 08, 2014 Hartford CT United States Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 18, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 18, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 17, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 17, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 17, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 17, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 16, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 16, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 16, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 16, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 15, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 15, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 09, 2013 Atlanta GA United States Midtown Art Cinema Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 09, 2013 Atlanta GA United States Midtown Art Cinema Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 09, 2013 Atlanta GA United States Midtown Art Cinema Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 08, 2013 Atlanta GA United States Midtown Art Cinema Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 03, 2013 Washington, D.C. DC United States Landmark's E Street Cinema Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 03, 2013 Washington, D.C. DC United States Landmark's E Street Cinema Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 03, 2013 Washington, D.C. DC United States Landmark's E Street Cinema Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 02, 2013 Washington, D.C. DC United States Landmark's E Street Cinema Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 02, 2013 Washington, D.C. DC United States Landmark's E Street Cinema Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 02, 2013 Washington, D.C. DC United States Landmark's E Street Cinema Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 01, 2013 Washington, D.C. DC United States Landmark E Street Cinema Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 01, 2013 Philadelphia PA United States Ritz at the Bourse Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 01, 2013 Philadelphia PA United States Ritz at the Bourse Complete
American Promise theatrical release Nov 01, 2013 Philadelphia PA United States Ritz at the Bourse Complete
American Promise film screening Oct 25, 2013 Pasadena CA United States Pasadena Playhouse 7 Complete
American Promise theatrical release Oct 25, 2013 Beverly Hills CA United States Laemmle Music Hall 3 Complete
American Promise theatrical release Oct 21, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Oct 21, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Oct 20, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
American Promise theatrical release Oct 20, 2013 San Francisco CA United States Roxie Theater Complete
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