American Creed

Library Grantee Site Support Notebook

Film Screening Files

Please note that no part of this media package may be reproduced, distributed, shown or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from Citizen Film or one of its authorized partners: the American Library Association, Facing History and Ourselves, the National Writing Project and PBS.

Libraries that received an American Creed: Community Conversations grant have permission to make use of this media package and publicly screen American Creed for a two-year term (January 2019—December 2020). All other libraries interested in using the film for public programming should contact

The projection-ready movie files available below are large and will require sufficient time and hard drive space to successfully download. We recommend you test the file at least three days before your public screening so that Citizen Film can help you troubleshoot if there are technical issues with your set-up. Movie files should be downloaded and tested for picture quality and synchronized sound with the same set-up you will be using for your screening.

To access and download the film files (hosted on Dropbox), click on a link below, then select "Download" in the top, right hand corner. For technical troubleshooting related to American Creed, please contact

  • Full 86-minute film, featuring Joan Blades, Terrence Davenport, Junot Diaz, Tegan Griffith, Leila Janah, David M. Kennedy, Eric Liu, Joe Maddon, Mark Meckler, Deidre Prevett and Condoleezza Rice.
  • PBS broadcast version (49 minutes), featuring Tegan Griffith, David M. Kennedy, Eric Liu, Joe Maddon, Deidre Prevett and Condoleezza Rice.
  • Cast photos and film stills
Access to short films featuring chapters of the American Creed film are accessible via the Programming Guide linked below.

ALA Final Report

Libraries that received an American Creed: Community Conversations grant are required to submit a final report to ALA, describing their work on the project. The final report is due 30 days following your last program, or by September 30, 2019 (whichever comes first). The final report may be previewed via PDF; to submit the final report online, please visit and login with the email address and password used to apply for the grant.

Programming Guide

The National Writing Project has created an American Creed: Community Conversations programming guide, featuring film and theme information, information on hosting a community conversation, related resources, program ideas, and more.

Download a digital copy (PDF) of the guide here.


If your promotional materials require higher resolution files, please reach out to the ALA Public Programs Office (

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