What is it that ties us to the state where we currently live and adopt it as the one we're "from"? How does living in our states define us? States of America is a series of short documentaries--one from each of our 50 states--that ask these questions by featuring everyday people as diverse as the landscape in the places they call home.
13 years ago, after finishing college in Minnesota, going back home to Texas, then volunteering in Mexico, Nathan felt adrift. He set out to ride his bike across the United States on a voyage of self-discovery but only made it as far as Chicago, where he found the sense of belonging and contentment he had been looking for, in the Prairie State.
*States of America is created and produced by Brad Barber
*Illinois is directed and shot by Brad Barber, edited by Jessica Bryant, with music by Micah Dahl Anderson. Title design by Brian Turley and Mark T. Lewis.