“Above and Below” Trailer

Director: Nicolas Steiner

Synopsis: Five people around the country live within the fringes of civilization: eeking out a living in the flood channels beneath Vegas, a loner surviving out in the desert, and a secluded encampment for those hoping to be the first on Mars.

Notes: Absolutely hypnotizing. Not only in the visuals and imagery but in the ideologies of some of these people on camera. In an era where poverty inspires people to live underground and where scientific imaginations make others dream of intergalactic travel, this documentary arrived at just the right time, illuminating those [dare I say, “outcasts”] who live outside of our sights but still illustrate what makes the country powerful–dreamers, opportunity, and resilience.