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Synopsis: US VS. US is a documentary short film investigating political polarization in the lead-up to the Fall 2020 General Election. This film puts two grassroots organizers, one Republican and one Democrat, from local political organizations across Southern California into conversation with each other, exploring their differences and seeing whether they can find any common ground.

Language

English

Run Time

19 minutes

Starring

Jimmy Pierce (Sound Designer)

Produced by

Abhinav Tiku
Evan Hartney

Edited by

Catelin Shane
Andy Yi Li

Cinematographer

Dorothy Lee

Director's Statement

This film is for my family – my uncle who has Fox News playing on 3 TVs in his Louisiana homestead and my aunt who writes letters to the NY Times praising Fauci and Biden. This film is for anyone who feels pulled apart by the political polarization of our current time. This film is for everyone who survived 2020. It does not intend to solve all of our political discord. Rather, it investigates how we can co-exist in an America where it seems harder than ever to find shared views of our future. I wanted to make this film as soon as Trump was elected in 2016. I spent Thanksgiving with my family in New Orleans and we talked at length about Trump, Clinton, #MeToo, gun control, immigration, climate change, and government’s role in our lives. We didn’t agree on much, but while we were stuck at the dinner table together we had to listen to each other. It was tense, but the thread of care kept us in conversation. I left that weekend wondering if there was any way folks from across the political divide could find common ground. I feel deeply grateful for the brave filmmakers who made this with me, and for the activists who opened their hearts and lives to us. As dark as it may seem sometimes, the future of our country is in our hands, and the only way to heal our nation is to keep in conversation with those who don’t agree with us.

Director's Bio

Anne Rene` Brashier makes emotionally gripping, physically dynamic, boldly engaging film and theater.

She is currently getting her MFA in film production at USC, where she directed Us vs Us, a documentary about political polarization during the 2020 Fall General Election.

Her film The Dermatologist, about a spy who discovers that her target is her mom, premiered at the 2019 Broad Humor Festival. She produced The Cypher, a short that is an official selection at 2020 Tribeca.

She was recently accepted into the Stowe Story Lab to develop Dugout, an adaptation of MacBeth set at a Little League game.

She was a 2019 NBCUniversal Writer’s On The Verge finalist, and her scripts have won several competitions.

Her work has appeared at Indiecade, Company of Angels, Some Assembly Required, Sacred Fools, and the NYC, New Zealand, and Hollywood Fringe Festivals. She directed the LA Webfest award-winning webseries Corporate, and was nominated for Best Choreographer at the LA Weekly Theater Awards with the LA Theatre Ensemble.

She is also a former sailing instructor who performed for years as a singing & dancing microwave oven.

Country of Origin

United States

Production Year

2021

Official Website

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https://www.instagram.com/usvsusfilm/

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