Producers' Forum: American Promise


Tuesday, October 21, 6:30PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members

American Promise looks into the lives of two middle class Black families as they navigate the ups and downs of parenting and educating their sons. The film chronicles the education of Idris, the son of filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, and Seun, Idris’ best friend, from kindergarten through high school graduation. This provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about attempts American schools make to address issues of race and class in the on-going struggle for opportunity.

Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson are the co-producers and co-director of American Promise. Brewster wrote and directed The Keeper, an official selection in the dramatic competition of the Sundance Film Festival. Stephenson’s award winning work has appeared on PBS, Showtime, and MTV.

Presented in Partnership with International House Philadelphia

Muslim Voices of Philadelphia Local Screenings


Muslim Voices of Philadelphia Local Screenings at 18 different locations across Philadelphia
September 6 – November 1, 2014

Discussion will follow screening.
Free admission.

Host organizations include African American Museum, Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, Free Library of Philadelphia, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Philadelphia History Museum, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Slought Foundation, and University of Pennsylvania.

Film listings and screening schedules available at

Time-Lapse Filmmaking and Beyond with DSLRs


DATE: Saturday, October 4; TIME 11:00AM – 4:00PM (with ½ hour break); SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Richard Power Hoffman
Fee: $75.

Over the past several years, Richard Power Hoffmann has perfected a technique using a digital still camera exclusively to make films. This unique storytelling approach takes advantage of today's low cost yet high resolution DSLR cameras to acquire better than HD resolution imagery, and then dynamically manipulate it in post-production. Hoffmann will discuss how and why he has gravitated to this technique, and take the class through the process of using sequential photography, time-lapse, and making movies with stills in the hands-on portion of the class. Bring your own camera, and bring images to life!

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