April 3, 2019
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After sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, Get Out, Academy Award®-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nightmare that he has written, directed and produced.
Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home to discover the silhouettes of four figures standing in their driveway. Us pits an ordinary American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
While filming in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz, the Us production team worked together to reduce their environmental impact. They maintained a recycling and composting program in the offices, and by using digital distribution for much of their paperwork they were able to use about a third less paper than a similar sized production.
On set, the production saved energy by utilizing LED lighting, and they rented hybrid passenger vehicles whenever possible. The construction department purchased FSC certified plywood for their set walls, and the sound department used rechargeable batteries in headsets and microphones to reduce disposable batteries on set.
The Us team made efforts to give back to the local community. The props department donated $7,500 worth of toys from their beach and boardwalk scenes to the Turning Point Foundation in Ventura, CA. Catering donated 405 lbs of excess food through Rock and Wrap It Up!, which equates to 337 meals served to the hungry. These practices and more have qualified Us to receive a 2019 EMA Green Seal.