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Synopsis: A mysterious riddle pulls two city-dwelling activists into the wilderness to rescue one of their brothers from his obsessive hunt for a fabled family treasure. What they won’t admit, even to themselves, is that they too harbor a shred of hope that the treasure might be out there. As much a story about millenial ennui as it is an exploration of generational trauma, this is an intimate family drama is thread through a DB Cooper inspired treasure hunt. As our producer pitches it, “The Graduate meets The Goonies.”



Run Time

76 minutes


Grace Burdick (Abi)
Darnell Bernard (Sam)
Brendan Ward (Brendan)

Directed by

Brendan Patrick Ward

Produced by

Jim Bulluck
Connor McCann
Jacob Quesenberry
Wesley Rumm
Grace Burdick

Edited by

Henry Liddy


Ash Bean

Director's Statement

Produced safely during the midst of the pandemic in a 1930’s log cabin on the Appalachian Trail with an on-set cast/crew of six people and a self-financed $8,400 production budget, Here For Us is as barebones and DIY as it is ambitious. Shot by a first-time, female DP with a female and BIPOC, Queer led cast, it is a deeply personal project about family, both blood and chosen, made by a small family of friends. Our process and purpose were inextricably linked and we hope it shows.

Director's Bio

Brendan is a filmmaker from the East Bay Area of California. He has been making movies his whole life. This is his first feature. He wrote, directed, edited and starred in it. He was also a one-man crew on a feature mockumentary currently in post, has written two series pilots and is writing his next feature.

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