05.23.11 6:31 AM ET
Character Project: 8 Directors. 8 Short Films. Every Character Has A Story.
Character Project is an ongoing artistic initiative committed to celebrating America's characters—the interesting, dazzling, and distinctive people, from all walks of life, who make this country extraordinary. Inspired by USA's "Characters Welcome" brand, Character Project launched in 2009 with a focus on photography. For its second act, USA has partnered with RSA Films and Ridley & Tony Scott, to once again turn a lens on America's characters, this time through the medium of the moving image. Together, they commissioned eight talented filmmakers to each explore the theme of character from their own unique perspective. From lost loves to loyal friends, private heroes to public personalities, the subjects of these short films—some real, some fictional—show the courage, connection, humor, and hope that give shape to the American character. After all, characters are what make us USA.