For 13 years, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson turned the cameras on their son Idris Brewster and his best friend Seun Summers as they attended one of the most prestigious private schools in New York City. The result of editing more than 500 hours of footage into 135 minutes is the documentary, "American Promise", a film that chronicles the difficulties two boys face as black males in a predominantly white institution. GPB spoke with the directors about the film and how they plan to continue the conversation around black male achievement.
The film, "Freedom Riders," recounts the 1961 crusade by daring young activists intent on ending segregated travel on interstate buses in the Deep South. The American Experience film, set to air May 16 on PBS, has been generating buzz on the film festival circuit ever since its showing at Sundance in January.