American Promise

Overview

In 1999, the Dalton School, one of New York City's most prestigious and respected private schools, made a new commitment to creating a diverse student body, and established scholarship opportunities that would enable more deserving minority candidates to attend. Five-year-old Idris Brewster and his close friend Seun Summers were two African-American students admitted to Dalton under this program, and Idris' parents, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, set out to document the boys' experiences. ...
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Overview

In 1999, the Dalton School, one of New York City's most prestigious and respected private schools, made a new commitment to creating a diverse student body, and established scholarship opportunities that would enable more deserving minority candidates to attend. Five-year-old Idris Brewster and his close friend Seun Summers were two African-American students admitted to Dalton under this program, and Idris' parents, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, set out to document the boys' experiences. Brewster and Stephenson followed Idris and Seun's progress over the next twelve years, and in the documentary American Promise, we're offered an intimate look at how they reacted to a rigorous academic environment, their issues with being African-American in a school still dominated by white students and faculty, and the universal challenges of growing up, as well as the boys' struggles with racial identity in and out of school and Idris' relationship with his often quarreling parents. American Promise received its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; The New York Times Op-Doc; Four featurettes; Deleted scenes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2014
  • UPC: 025192030475
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Rating:

  • Source: Docurama
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,325

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Oluwaseun (Seun) Summers Participant
Idris Brewster Participant
Anthony Summers Participant
Stacey O. Summers Participant
Technical Credits
Joe Brewster Director, Producer
Michele Stephenson Director, Producer
Alfredo Alcantara Cinematographer
Margaret Byrne Cinematographer
Erin Casper Editor
Dan Cogan Executive Producer
Margaret Crimmins Sound Editor, Sound Mixer
Miriam Cutler Score Composer
Simon Kilmurry Executive Producer
Nicole London Associate Producer
Cynthia Lopez Executive Producer
Mary Manhardt Editor
Andrew Siwoff Editor
Greg Smith Sound Editor, Sound Mixer
Jon Stuyvesant Cinematographer
Errol Webber Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Promise
1. Expecting Great Things [10:35]
2. Choosing Dalton [8:10]
3. First Signs Of Struggle [12:59]
4. Losing Motivation [10:40]
5. Not A Good Match [9:51]
6. New School, New Interests [12:23]
7. Personal Setbacks [13:49]
8. Not Making The Cut [10:55]
9. Products Of The Diaspora [7:15]
10. Picking Colleges [8:14]
11. Taking Life For Granted [8:45]
12. Thinking Forward [7:06]
1. Thanksgiving With The Summers [4:53]
1. Expecting Change [4:46]
1. A Historic Event [3:03]
1. Preparing For Prom [4:43]
1. A Tribute To Jabulani [3:08]
1. The Brewsters Are Thankful [2:10]
1. Girlfriend's Support [3:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- American Promise
   Play
   Chapters
   Bonus
      An Education In Equality
      Making The Promise
      American Promise: The Campaign
      Negotiating The Camera
      Deleted Scenes
         Test Prep
   Setup
      5.1 Surround
      2.0 Stereo
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