American Blackout imagines the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyberattack ' told in real time, over 10 days, by those who kept filming on cameras and phones.
Experience an American Blackout in this immersive interactive site that leads you through a catastrophic blackout over ten days.
See the trailer for American Blackout, the story of a national power outage, told by those who kept filming on cameras and phones. That is exactly what NatGeo’s original movie American Blackout – which premieres Sunday, Oct.
American Blackout director Jonathan Rudd stated during a Q&A session for the media that a cyber attack was specifically chosen as the power grid disabler because such a scenario is no longer science fiction. The official promo description for the movie reads: “After it becomes clear that the blackout isn’t isolated to a small region, curiosity may turn to concern for the entire country. Travis Fox, the award-winning producer of the Lights Out Saga, an upcoming independent feature-length film also about a downed power grid, weighed in on the moral dilemmas Americans will face during a disaster.

During the American Blackout movie, a black screen occasionally appears and cites intriguing statistics about the consumption of government or commercial utility provided “necessities” and preparedness facts. Research for American Blackout included working with leading experts in the cyber security, emergency medicine, search and rescue, engineering and sociology fields. In the NatGeo film, the United States is so crippled by the downed power grid that the United Nations is called in to help – a scenario many Americans would probably like to avoid.
All well and good, BUT a massive CME (Cornal Mass Ejection) from the sun or and EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) from a nuclear weapon being detonated 200 miles or so above America could take our prower grid down FOR GOOD.
As previously reported by Off The Grid News, the first ever nationwide power grid down drill will take place on Nov. America is defined by its spirit of resilience and this film affirms that; even in the deepest of crises, people can pull through. The disaster movie does show President Obama several times, as updates are given to the masses about the nature and likely duration of the blackout, but the film is not at all political in nature.

The power grid collapses following a cyber attack, forcing the nation into an immediate crisis. The DHS also warned that a cyber activity increase in America appears to include Middle Eastern nations such as Iran. Power blackouts which have occurred in San Diego and New York City, as well as following Hurricane Sandy, were also used to help craft the film and develop realistic disaster scenarios and government response. The fact that the most amazing country ever formed lacked the resources necessary to initiate its own recovery and is left to the mercy of foreign nations, should serve as a stark warning about our country’s vulnerabilities.

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