Standing up for young americans

Up to Us

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As the primary stakeholders in the future of the United States, the millennial generation must get actively engaged with the policy debates of today. Voting for politicians based on political party, campaign promises or media spin won’t help. It’s time for this generation of young Americans to get educated on the issues and proposed solutions, demand specific commitments from their local and federal candidates and, after the election, hold those policymakers accountable to the interest group that matter’s most: the future.

To this end, two of America’s leading youth political engagement organizations – and Generation18 – have come together to make a film for the 2012 election that will voice the concerns and issues of young Americans who are struggling in the recession. The film follows two young Americans, Atlanta native Kyle Murphy, who served as an AmeriCorps member at Habitat for Humanity and Brandon West a MPA graduate who has been underemployed for 18 months but is seeking work in the public sector. As we follow them on their journeys, both individuals display the resilience and idealism of the millennial generation and our desire to expand national service. The film also features interviews with journalist Jonathan Alter, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, political analyst Margaret Hoover, and more.

Directed by David D. Burstein, the Executive Director of Generation18 and produced by, Up to Us, shows an optimistic solution for young America’s economic future.

Watch the whole film online on the Huffington Post:

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David D. Burstein

Director & Producer

David D. Burstein, 23, is a writer, filmmaker, and passionate believer in the millennial generation. His book Fast Future: How the Millennials are Shaping Our World will be released in February. In 2006, David founded Generation18, a leading nonpartisan youth voter engagement organization. The organization grew out of the 2007 documentary film, 18 in ’08, which David directed and produced. During the 2008 election campaign, Generation18 led a major national campaign to register, engage, and mobilize young voters for the 2008 election. This initiative succeeded in registering over 25,000 new voters, hosting over 1,000 events in 35 states, holding youth policy forums with Senatorial and Congressional candidates, and a get-out-the-vote PSA series featuring Olivia Wilde and Maggie Gyllenhaal among other stars. For his work he was honored with a 2009 DoSomething Award and his story was featured on millions of Doritos bags. David is a frequent speaker and commentator on millennials, social innovation, and politics. He has appeared on CNN, FOX News, NPR, ABC Evening News, and C-SPAN, and been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a contributor to Fast Company where he writes about disruptive innovation, social entrepreneurship, and creativity. He is a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.


Chris Casey

Director of Photography & Producer
Chris Casey is an independent filmmaker and the founder and creative director of Silent Dog Pictures, a visual media production company based in Brooklyn, NY.

Executive Producers:

Johanna Berkson · Jarrett Moreno · Matthew Segal

Special thanks to all those who were interviewed for the film:

Jonathan Alter · Margaret Hoover · Amogha Kannan · Denise Murphy · Edward Murphy · Kyle Murphy · Colin Regan · Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky · Brandon West · Brent West · · Brennan Wolf

Generous support provided by
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The power of film to inspire millennials to action is tremendous. Posters, tweets, ads, speeches, and websites can’t compare to the powerful complete and contained narrative that a film can provide. If you want to get your campus, school, or community fired up, request a screening below and we’ll get right back to you.

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The film is currently on a nationwide college campus tour. Check back here frequently as this page will be updated with event details and additional tour dates.

October 24
Hiram College
1715 Garfield Road, Hiram, OH
Alumni Heritage Room, Teachout-Price Hall
Presented by Citizenship Education and Student Activities
Film Director David D. Burstein in attendance for Q&A

November 1
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg, VA
Monroe Hall, Room 116
Presented by the Center for Honor Leadership and Service and the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation
Film Director David D. Burstein, President Matthew Segal in attendance for Q&A

November 5
Miami Dade – Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami, FL
Wolfson Theatre, Wolfson Campus Auditorium, Room 1261 (Building 1, 2nd Floor)
Film Director David D. Burstein in attendance for Q&A

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