I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School (1993)

90 mins | Documentary | 1 October 1993

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HISTORY

The version viewed for this record bears both 1993 and 2004 copyright notices, and may differ from the version first released in 1993.
       The film screened from 1-7 Oct 1993 at the Esquire Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, prior to airing as part of the HBO cable television documentary series, America Undercover, on 11 Oct 1993.
       The film opens with titles and voice-over narration, stating: "Stanton Elementary School is located in North Philadelphia, a troubled inner-city neighborhood. Stanton is designated a Chapter One School which receives Federal funds to help educate disadvantaged poor children who test below national norms in reading and math. All of the students are African-American boys and girls between the ages of four and ten. At Stanton, over 90% of the children come from single-parent homes and live in poverty. This documentary was filmed over a one year period of time."
       End credits offer: "Special thanks to the Families and Children of the Stanton Elementary School."
       The film received the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film for the year 1993, and a Peabody Award, as stated in 4 Apr 1994 DV and HR news ... More Less

The version viewed for this record bears both 1993 and 2004 copyright notices, and may differ from the version first released in 1993.
       The film screened from 1-7 Oct 1993 at the Esquire Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, prior to airing as part of the HBO cable television documentary series, America Undercover, on 11 Oct 1993.
       The film opens with titles and voice-over narration, stating: "Stanton Elementary School is located in North Philadelphia, a troubled inner-city neighborhood. Stanton is designated a Chapter One School which receives Federal funds to help educate disadvantaged poor children who test below national norms in reading and math. All of the students are African-American boys and girls between the ages of four and ten. At Stanton, over 90% of the children come from single-parent homes and live in poverty. This documentary was filmed over a one year period of time."
       End credits offer: "Special thanks to the Families and Children of the Stanton Elementary School."
       The film received the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film for the year 1993, and a Peabody Award, as stated in 4 Apr 1994 DV and HR news items. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 Apr 1994.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 Oct 1993
p. 8, 13.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 1994
p. 4, 21.
The Washington Post
10--16 Oct 1993.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Video Verité presents
A Film by Alan and Susan Raymond
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Exec prod, America Undercover
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITORS
Negative cutter
On line ed
MUSIC
PRODUCTION MISC
Reported by
Title des
Title des
Paintbox artist
Prod counsel
Prod counsel
COLOR PERSONNEL
Colorist
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 October 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 1 October 1993
Copyright Claimant:
Alan Raymond & Susan Raymond d.b.a. Video Verite
Copyright Date:
29 October 1993
Copyright Number:
PA672876
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
gauge
16mm
Widescreen/ratio
1.33:1
Duration(in mins):
90
Length(in feet):
3,362
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The children of Stanton Elementary School in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an impoverished inner-city neighborhood, are documented over the course of a year. At the end of that year, the school's principal, Deanna Burney, resigns over lack of support for Stanton from the school ... +


The children of Stanton Elementary School in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an impoverished inner-city neighborhood, are documented over the course of a year. At the end of that year, the school's principal, Deanna Burney, resigns over lack of support for Stanton from the school district. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Educational/cultural


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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