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WSRE wants your “American Creed” story

Last Updated by Mary Riker on
Digital storytelling campaign asks what it means to be an American
New documentary “American Creed” will be screened in Crestview and Pensacola
Special guests from the film will participate in Pensacola screening at WSRE

PENSACOLA, Fla., January 12, 2018―On nearly every news program and around water coolers and kitchen tables, people are talking about how Americans are divided as a nation. So it is timely that a new documentary film asks the question, “In a fractured nation, what ideals do we share in common?” The film is called “American Creed,” and it premieres February 27 on PBS stations nationwide. In conjunction with the film, WSRE public television is hosting local events and sponsoring a storytelling campaign for the public to share personal stories about what it means to be an American.

This film project began with two unlikely collaborators, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy, who are now colleagues at Stanford University. They have teamed up to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed, and, as shown in the film, their cross-partisan inquiry has framed the stories of activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deep divides.

Featured in the film are Chicago Cubs baseball manager Joe Maddon, who became a civic activist after a controversial immigration ordinance was passed in his Pennsylvania coal country hometown; U.S. Marines veteran Tegan Griffith, who advocates for fellow veterans and the working class; Deidre Prevett, a Muskogee Nation, Oklahoma school principal who fights for low-income children; and entrepreneurs Leila Janah and Terrence Davenport, who have worked to create economic opportunity in the Arkansas Delta, where the legacy of slavery and sharecropping persists.

WSRE is offering three ways to join the national conversation sparked by this film: a storytelling project going on now through March 1; a free film screening of “American Creed” in Crestview on February 15; and a Public Square Speakers Series screening event featuring a Griffith and Davenport (from the film) in Pensacola on February 20.

The public is invited to submit digital stories by interviewing positive role models willing to answer the question: “What does it mean to you to be an American or live in America?” Videos must be no longer than three minutes and can be submitted via YouTube according to the entry guidelines posted at wsre.org/AmericanCreed.

The first public screening will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Elegant Vue Event Center located at 544 Main St. in Crestview.

The second public screening will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio on the Pensacola State College campus at 1000 College Blvd. A panel discussion including cast members and audience Q&A will follow the film.

Admission is free for all events, and reservations can be made at wsre.org/AmericanCreed. Tickets are not required.

“American Creed” is a production of Citizen Film and WTTW in Chicago. It is directed by Sam Ball, produced by Sam Ball and Kate Stilley. Executive producers are Dan Soles and Randy Bean.

Kasey Jones and Jill Hubbs of WSRE are managing the campaign for local residents to participate in the “American Creed” Community Conversation locally. To learn more, visit wsre.org/AmericanCreed or call (850) 484-1212.

Media Contact:
Mary Riker
mriker@wsre.org