Michèle Stephenson is a filmmaker, artist, and author who pulls from her Panamanian and Haitian roots, and experience as a human rights attorney to tell compelling, deeply personal stories that are created by, for, and about communities of color. In her most recent film, American Promise, Stephenson and her partner Joe Brewster tell the story of their son and his friend, two African-American boys whose struggles through the education system tell complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class, and opportunity.
Stephenson’s film American Promise was nominated for three Emmys including Best Documentary. The film also won the Jury Prize at Sundance, and was selected for the New York Film Festival’s Main Slate Program. Her collaborative film series with New York Times Op-Docs, A Conversation on Race, won the 2016 Online Journalism Award for Commentary. Stephenson was awarded the Chicken & Egg Pictures Filmmaker Breakthrough Award and is a Guggenheim Fellow. Her current work, Hispaniola, is supported by the National Film Board of Canada and the Sundance Documentary Fund. Her community engagement accomplishments include the PUMA BritDoc Impact Award for a Film with the Greatest Impact on Society, and she is a Skoll Sundance Storytellers of Change Fellow. Her book, Promises Kept, written along with co-authors Joe Brewster and Hilary Beard, won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.
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Changing Same: An American Pilgrimage
Michèle Stephenson is a filmmaker, artist, and author who pulls from her Panamanian and Haitian roots and her experience as a human rights attorney to tell compelling, deeply personal stories that are created by, for, and about communities of color.Artist Bio
Changing Same: An American Pilgrimage is an immersive virtual reality, room-scale installation which brings users on a journey through time, traveling with those whose lived experiences included slavery, lynching, and mass incarceration, and ending in an afro-futurist tomorrow to confront and heal our generational wounds.