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MFF/WYPR Spotlight Series and Open Society Institute present AMERICAN PROMISE on 10/11!

Brewster Family

The Stephenson-Brewster family featured in AMERICAN PROMISE. From Left to Right: Joe Brewster, Idris Brewster, Miles Brewster and Michèle Stephenson. Photo credit: Orrie King.

The MFF/WYPR Spotlight Series returns on Friday 10/11 with a special screening of AMERICAN PROMISE co-sponsored by the Open Society Institute at the MICA Brown Center at 7:00pm with film directors Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson. Following the screening of AMERICAN PROMISE there will be a 10-minute interview between WYPR’s Tom Hall and the directors, followed by Q & A with the audience.

AMERICAN PROMISE won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Friday, October 11th
MICA Brown Center
1301 West Mt. Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD
$10/$5 students w ID/free for Friends of the Festival and MICA students

AMERICAN PROMISE spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

Maryland Film Festival and Open Society Institute Present THE HOUSE I LIVE IN on 10/9 with Director Eugene Jarecki, Judge Andre Davis and an introduction by David Simon!

Maryland Film Festival, in collaboration with The Open Society Institute, is thrilled to announce a special screening of Eugene Jarecki‘s  THE HOUSE I LIVE IN with special guests Eugene Jarecki and Judge Andre Davis (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit) on October 9th, 7:00pm, at the Charles Theater.  David Simon, creator of The Wire, will be introducing the film.

Shot in more than twenty states, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN tells the stories of individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs.  From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

MFF & Open Society Institute present
THE HOUSE I LIVE IN with special guests Eugene Jarecki and Judge Andre Davis  with an introduction by David Simon
Tuesday, October 9th
The Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St.

This screening is free for all; however, priority for seats will be given to current Friends of the Festival. 

Jarecki doesn’t minimize the real damage that drug use inflicts on individuals, families, and communities, but he forcefully concludes that the so-called cure has had far more damaging effects on our society. The film leaves the possibility for change up to us rather than our governmental officials, who regularly have to talk “tough on crime” to win elections. I’d hate to imply that it’s your civic duty to see “The House I Live In” when it’s eventually released to theaters, but guess what — it is.
-Ty Burr, The Boston Globe