Starting six months before the 2016 presidential election, director Jim Stern put his life on hold
and — driven to understand what seemed incomprehensible at the time — traveled through red
states to interview and spend time with Donald Trump supporters from different backgrounds. It
was a search for insights and answers, for anything that could explain the billionaire’s surging
appeal and why these voters remained untroubled by so many troubling things the candidate had said and done.

This journey became his “Heart of Darkness” into the American body politic at a profoundly
critical point in our history. And the film he returned with, American Chaos, sheds unique
light on difficult issues roiling the nation — chronicling a cultural divide, still dangerously
misunderstood, that continues to tear at the fabric of our democracy.


Director: James D. Stern
Producers: Karen Bove, Christopher C. Chen, James D. Stern, Fernando Villena
Cinematographer: Kevin Ford
Editor: Rose Corr, Kevin Ford
Country: USA

Runtime: 90 minutes