Dear America: A Picture of Freedom is the first film in the Dear America series. It was based on A Picture of Freedom by Patricia C. McKissack. The movie aired on March 17, 1999 on the HBO Family Channel. It was followed by Dreams in the Golden Country.


Cast and characters

Crew and credits

  • Directed by: Helaine Head
  • Teleplay by: Ron Stacker Thompson and Ashley Tyler
  • Adapted from the book: "A Picture of Freedom" written by Patricia C. McKissack
  • Based on: the Scholastic book series "Dear America" created by Jean Feiwel
  • Executive producer: Deborah Forte
  • Co-executive producers: Bill Siegler, Martha Atwater
  • Editor: Richard Wells
  • Production designer: Ian Brock
  • Director of photography: Barry Bergthorson
  • Line producer: Lena Cordina
  • Music by: Jack Lenz and Douglas John Cameron
  • Story editor: Rhonda Jayne Olson
  • Production manager: Lena Cordina
  • 1st assistant director: Mark Tataryn
  • Location manager: Karen Perez
  • Art director: Roderik Mayne
  • 1st assistant art director: Theresa Tindall
  • 2nd assistant director: Eric Banz
  • Production coordinator: David Hardy
  • Script supervisor: Carol Pears
  • Set decorator: Elizabeth Calderhead
  • Costume designer: Joyce Schure
  • Property master: Alan Doucette
  • Make-up: Leslie Dumbleton
  • Hairstylist: Etheline Joseph
  • Camera operator: Doug Lawrence
  • Sound recordist: Bryan Day
  • Re-recording engineer: Steve Foster
  • Gaffer: Michael Forrester
  • Key grip: Darren Boyce
  • 1st assistant camera: Lori Longstaff
  • Post production supervisor: Lynda McKenzie
  • Assistant editor: Douglas Crawford
  • Construction coordinator: Bill White
  • Transport coordinator: J. Skavinsky
  • Stunt coordinator: Anton Tyukodi
  • Special effects by: Brock Jolliffe
  • Casting: Susan Forrest and Sharon Forrest
  • Production accountant: Kelly Decooman
  • Scholastic financial executive: Diane Vilagi
  • Production associate: Tessa Abdull
  • Production services provided by: Protocol Entertainment Inc.
  • Special thanks to: Dome Audio Video & Effects, The Lab

Home video release


The film on VHS

A Picture of Freedom was released on video tape in 2000.[2] It was also released in a three pack with Dream in the Golden Country and A Journey to the New World.[3]
Back of tape description:
"F-R-E-E-D-O-M. Clotee, a twelve-year-old slave, is teaching herself to spell a word she's never been able to understand. But no one can find out she can read and write–she could be beaten, sold, or worse. Her friends, Spicey and Hince are in love, and when the master decides to tear them apart, Clotte knows she must come up with a plan. She risks everything to help her friends and family, and learns that freedom is more than just a word–it's an entire world."

Differences from book


External links

See also