People 4 Trump

A window into the world of Trump supporters like you’ve never seen before, the documentary PEOPLE 4 TRUMP traces three Pennsylvanians from the earliest days of the Trump movement.

Directors Sarah Bellingham and Max Toomey have filmed the People 4 Trump grassroots group in Bucks County, Pennsylvania for over four years. Following the lives of three members in particular, they gathered footage that shows a nuanced picture of the state of American democracy—and Americans themselves.

  • Sarah Bellingham
  • Max Toomey
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Political, Pennsylvania, Trump
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Sarah Bellingham, Max Toomey

SARAH BELLINGHAM is a documentary filmmaker and adjunct professor at the Columbia Journalism School. Sarah has worked with Bloomberg, the BBC, Washington Post, The Daily Beast, VOA, HHMI, HLN’s Inside with Chris Cuomo, and independent documentary groups from the U.S. and abroad. After receiving high honors in International Studies at Middlebury College, Sarah attended Columbia Journalism School with the Columbia Alumni Fund, Jonathan Maslow Endowed Scholarship Fund, UPS, Keene and Taishoff Scholarships. Following graduation, Sarah was awarded a Pulitzer Student Fellowship. She speaks French and Russian with professional fluency.

MAX TOOMEY is a freelance documentary maker and journalist. His work appears on The Daily Beast, Quartz, the BBC, and The Washington Post. Max has taught at Brooklyn College, City College, and DCTV and produces internationally for documentaries, corporate clients and NGOs. Max graduated from Cambridge University with a first in Social Political Sciences and from the Columbia Journalism School where he specialized in documentary filmmaking. He is a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Student Fellow. Max previously worked for the European Union in Myanmar.

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Director Statement

PEOPLE 4 TRUMP documents a critical moment of American history from a primary source perspective. It does what other Trump supporter pieces simply cannot: it shows the unfolding of a movement, on the ground, in real-time.

Our work is steeped in empathy, honesty, and curiosity towards the people we film. We hope the film can become a tool that facilitates conversation across political divides.