Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

Michele StephensonMichèle Stephenson is a graduate of McGill University and Columbia University School of Law. After serving as law clerk for the Honorable Judge Jack B. Weinstein in the Eastern District of New York, and following a previous career in international development in West Africa, Stephenson’s legal work brought her to human rights and racial justice advocacy at Peter Gabriel’s organization, WITNESS. Her eclectic background and experiences ultimately led to her true passion: non-fiction storytelling. An early pioneer in the Web 2.0 revolution, Stephenson used video storytelling to structure advocacy campaigns and train advocates from different walks of life. Stephenson’s work has been broadcast on PBS, Showtime, the Sundance Channel and the Starz Network. She is also a recipient of the Sundance Institute, Tribeca All Access, Tribeca New Media Fund and BAVC fellowships. Her recent documentary film, American Promise, is the winner of the 2013 African-American Critics Association Award for Best Documentary, The Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize and the Full Frame Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. She is also a recipient of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media.

Joe BrewsterJoe Brewster is a Harvard and Stanford educated psychiatrist who specialized in organizational analysis, the use of psychoanalytic principles to understand and improve organizations. In 1992, Brewster sold his first screenplay to the Jackson/McHenry group under the Warner Bros. imprint. In 1996, he wrote and directed The Keeper, which was an official selection in the dramatic narrative competition section of the Sundance Film Festival and garnered numerous national and international awards, including an Independent Spirit Award nomination. His documentary and feature film projects have received broadcast on PBS, Showtime, the Sundance Channel and the Starz Network. Brewster is a recipient of Sundance, Tribeca-All Access, Tribeca New Media and BAVC fellowships. His recent documentary film, American Promise, is the winner of the 2013 African-American Critics Association Award for Best Documentary, The Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize and the Full Frame Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. His transmedia work has also been supported by The Kellogg Foundation, The Open Society, Heinz and Blank Foundations.

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