From the Red Wedding to ‘Rising’: How Game of Thrones director David Nutter is helping to promote inclusivity

by AT&T Editors

David Nutter is no stranger to harrowing drama. The director of Game of Thrones shared his unflinching vision with not one, but two infamous episodes of the show: the earth-shattering Red Wedding and season five’s Mother’s Mercy. Now, he has partnered with The Ad Council and R/GA to bring us Rising, a powerful short film written by Emmy Award winner Lena Waithe (The Chi, Master of None) about a Muslim family struggling to survive a natural disaster deep in the heart of rural America.

Part of the Ad Council’s Love Has No Labels campaign, which promotes an inclusive world where “others feel loved and accepted” since 2015, this film depicts the immediate aftermath of a massive storm, at once challenging preconceived notions and forcing a group of people to aide each other despite race, age, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs.

The Emmy Award-winning director knew immediately when he was approached by the Ad Council that he had to jump right into the project.

“We live in a time of tribalism. Rising is a story about shifting the way we communicate,” he said to the Ad Council. “Through this film we want people to go from being defensive of those who are different to accepting and embracing our differences.”

Nutter’s involvement in Rising was a stark contrast to his previous work, which includes directing the pilot episodes for such popular series as Dark Angel, Without a Trace, The Flash, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

With Rising, Nutter hopes to fulfill the Ad Council’s mandate to inspire others to forget their differences in order to embrass our common humanity and create a more inclusive world.

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