Starting six months before the 2016 presidential election, director James D. Stern (Every Little Step) 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 at their homes. 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. Stern listens, and attempts to find a path to dialogue. The film he returned with is a road movie of discovery, from Trump's adopted home state of Florida to Cleveland and the Republican National Convention to the coal mines of West Virginia to an Arizona town bordering Mexico and finally, back to Florida for the election. 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.