After moving to San Bernardino for a new job, Billy Reynolds finds himself drawn into the orbit of an alt-right militia. And unwittingly, he begins to record the process of his radicalization on his phone. After a fatal shooting one night, Billy’s videos wind up as evidence in a murder trial. But the footage tells only part of the story.
Shot entirely on vertical iPhone and called “one of the most polarizing and controversial” immersive works to debut at Slamdance 2019, James Kaelan and Blessing Yen’s America the Beautiful walks the line between reality and fiction, drawing the audience deep into the maelstrom of our current political moment.