Michèle Stephenson

Filmmaker, American Promise


As co-founding member of the Rada Film Group, filmmaker, artist and author, Michèle Stephenson, pulls from her Caribbean roots and international experience as a human rights attorney to tell compelling deeply personal stories in a variety of media that resonate beyond the margins. Her work has appeared on a variety of broadcast and web platforms, including PBS, Showtime and MTV. Her most recent film, American Promise, was nominated for three Emmys including Best Documentary and Best News Coverage of a Contemporary Issue. The film also won the Jury Prize at Sundance, was selected for the New York Film Festivals’ Main Slate Program, and won the African American Film Critic’s Association Best Documentary Award. Stephenson’s community engagement accomplishments with film includes the PUMA BritDoc Impact Award for a Film with the Greatest Impact on Society. Her recent book, Promises Kept, written along with co-authors Joe Brewster and Hilary Beard, won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.