Michèle Stephenson

10-17-12 New York, NY  - Desk:  RGL -  Slug: PRIVATE  -  Joe Brewster and his wife Michele Stephenson are near the completion of a documentary film about their son Idris an his best friend Seun who matriculated at The Dalton School from Kindergarten through high school.  -  Photo by Ozier Muhammad/The New York TimesMichèle 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.

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