Sundance trailer of the day: “American Promise” [video]
Published: January 15, 2013 02:25PM
Updated: January 3, 2013 10:37AM
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Idris Brewster, left, and Seun Summers, two friends whose lives from kindergarten through 12th grade are chronicled in "American Promise." The film debuts in the U.S. Documentary competition of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Michele Stephenson | Courtesy Sundance Institute

Director Michael Apted has allowed moviegoers to watch children grow up into adulthood, in seven-year increments, in the acclaimed “Up” series.

In “American Promise,” debuting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson do something similar — encapsulating 13 years in the lives of two children, from kindergarten through 12th grade, in a single movie.

Brewster and Stephenson follow their own son, Idris, enrolled at age 5 in The Dalton School, an elite prep school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. They also follow Idris’ best friend Seun, as they chronicle the lives of both boys — and their families — all the way through to high-school graduation.

“American Promise” debuts in the U.S. documentary competition of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.