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Stephanie Black

Filmmaker, 'Life & Debt'

Life & Debt is a woven tapestry of sequences focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. By combining traditional documentary telling with a stylized narrative framework, the complexity of international lending, structural adjustment policies and free trade will be understood in the context of the day-to-day realities of the people whose lives they impact. Life & Debt aims to clarify the impact that these economic policies have on the day-to-day lives of the people they are said to benefit. Life & Debt is a tribute to the ingenuity and strength of the people who defy the odds of survival, yet its primary aim is to inform young adult audiences in the U.S. of the impact these policies have on our neighbors' abroad.

For over ten years, Stephanie Black has been producing and directing live-action documentary segments for Children's Television Workshop for Sesame Street. To date, over fifty short segments have been conceived, produced and directed by Ms. Black for Sesame Street. In addition Ms. Black has produced segments for Nickelodeon's "U to U" show, CTW's "Big Bag" seen on the Cartoon Network and PBS's "Zoom". Stephanie Black produced and directed a PSA on the problem of lack of equal economic opportunity in the U.S. entitled "More Than Luck" for Direct Impact, a non-profit organization in Athens, Georgia. Stephanie Black has been producing and directing music videos and EPK's for such artists as Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Buju Banton, Snow, Anthony B, INOJ, among others. In 1999, Stephanie Black directed and produced a 30-minute documentary on the "Making of Chant Down Babylon" a Bob Marley tribute album produced by Stephen Marley featuring Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, among others.


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