Burstein’s film ‘Up to Us’ speaks to young voters

David Burstein

Just in time for the election season, David Burstein, formerly of Weston, has produced and directed the documentary Up to Us about the economic challenges young adults are facing and why it is important they vote.

The film is nonpartisan and follows two young men, Kyle from Atlanta, an AmeriCorps worker and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and Brandon, a college graduate with a master’s degree who is underemployed and looking for work in the public sector.

Both men realize the tough realities they face in the job market because of the economic climate, and the film follows each of them as they go to the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

The film is a follow-up from Mr. Burstein’s first film, 18 in ’08, which encouraged voters between the ages of 18 and 24 to participate in the 2008 presidential election. That film was a huge success and toured college campuses across the country. Up to Us is making a college tour as well and will also be shown on Comcast.

Like his first film, Up to Us encourages young people to vote. “The media says that these young people are disaffected and angry. But they are trying hard to be optimistic. How do we speak to that frustration?” Mr. Burstein said in a phone interview from Chicago.

A Weston High School alumnus, Mr. Burstein graduated from New York University in May. His first book, Fast Future: The Rise of the Millenial Generation, will be published in February.

The son of photographer Julie O’Connor and author Daniel Burstein, he likes to dabble in the arts and enjoys filmmaking as well as writing. “I don’t want to be pigeonholed,” he said.

Up to Us was a collaboration with filmmaker Chris Casey, who is also a Weston High School and NYU grad. The film was produced in partnership with OURTIME.org, an organization that advocates for young people’s political and economic interests.

Up to Us may be viewed at huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/up-to-us-our-time-video_n_1937920.html.

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