Produced and Directed by

Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson


Erin Casper, Mary Manhardt, Andrew Siwoff

Directors of Photography

Errol Webber, Jr.

Alfredo Alcantara

Margaret Byrne

Jon Stuyvesant

Original Score by

Miriam Cutler

Co-Executive Producer

Dan Cogan

Associate Producer

Nicole London

Additional Editors

Geeta Gandbhir, Michelle Chang, Margaret Byrne, Sandrine Isambert

Additional Photography

Andrew Michael Ellis

Lloyd Handwerker

Tony Hardmon

Orlando Richards

Frisly Soberanis

Martina Radwan

Miles Brewster

Michèle Stephenson

Joe Brewster

Oluwaseun Summers

Idris Brewster

Projects Manager

Lauren Pabst

Caroline de Fontaine-Stratton

Gregory S. Jones

Assistant Producers

Sharika Bivens

Jennifer Samuel

Christalyn Wright


Lauren Pabst

Assistant Editors

Randy Wilkins

Jordan Fong

Camilo Chao

Cem Kurtulus

Sound Editor & Mixer

Margaret Crimmins

Greg Smith

Additional Sound Editor & Mixer

Fred Helm

Online Editor & Color Correction

Jon Fordham

Still Photography

Conrad Louis-Charles

Orrie King

William Caballero

Michèle Stephenson

Andrew Bui

Graphics & Design

Rodrigo Ribeiro

Print Graphics

Michele Lott Design

Rodrigo Ribeiro

Online Editing & Color Correction Facilities

Frame: Runner, Inc.

Sound Edit & Mix Facilities

Dog Bark Sound, Inc.

Additional Sound Edit & Mix

Helm Studios

Gigantic Sound

Score Recorded and Mixed at

Miriam Cutler Studios

Electric and Acoustic Guitars

Ira Ingber

Piano and Keyboards

Louis Durra

Mandolin, Mandola, Laud, Charango, Vox Mando

John O’Kennedy


Carl Sealove


Max Baxter

Score Producer

Miriam Cutler

Mixing Engineer

Laurence Schwarz

Music Prep

Catherine Grealish


Arlonzo Brown

Bernardo Sarmiento

Rogelio Thomas

Michael Larnell

Meena Lee

Xinyi Lin

Henry A. Murphy II

Omar Leonard

Safia Siad

Asmara Beraki

Ayana Enomoto-Hurst

Special Thanks

Impact Partners, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Brook and Shawn Byers, Ian Darling, Abigail Disney & Pierre Hauser for Fork Films, Elizabeth & Mango King, John & Michael Steiner, Embrey Family Foundation, Juliette Feeney-Timsit and Caroleen Feeney, Kevin & Donna Gruneich, Russell Long, Gib & Susan Myers, Debbie McLeod & Jay Sears, Joan Platt & Hillary Margolis, Beth Sackler, Wadsworth & Wadsworth, Jamie Wolf, Gavin, Michael J. Levinthal, and The Jacquelyn & Gregory Zehner Foundation, Tribeca All Access.

Fiscal Sponsorship Provided by

Third World Newsreel

Funding provided by

Ford Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Stephanie Bleyer

Sundance Institute Documentary Film Fund

San Francisco Film Society

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

Jerome Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Richard Iton

Kermit Williams

Courtney Lee-Mitchell

Blasina Malebranche

Executive Producer for ITVS

Sally Jo Fifer

Executive Producer for American Documentary | POV

Simon Kilmurry

American Promise is a co-production of Rada Film Group, Independent Television Service (ITVS), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), American Documentary | POV and the Diverse Voices Project with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

This program was produced by Rada Film Group which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2013 Rada Film Group