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.
With vivid memories of being harassed and attacked as a child, Dereck manages the isolation and suspicion he is dealt by his near all-white surroundings in Nebraska through his punk rock and electronic music. A lifetime of bucking expectations and cultivating a thriving musical community has brought him to a place where he no longer seeks permission to belong.
*States of America is created and produced by Brad Barber
*Nebraska is directed by Stephen V. Nelson and Brad Barber, shot by Stephen V. Nelson and Chad Wallin, edited by Erik Naumann, colored by Michael Ashman, with music by Micah Dahl Anderson. Title design by Brian Turley and Mark T. Lewis.