It is a great honor for us to present a series dedicated to a seminal director of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Best known for his quintessential Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Capra was (in)arguably the most influential filmmaker in the 30s studio scene—winning three Academy Awards for Best Director in five years (!). His films made history by approaching the reality of the great American Depression with hope, and they remain lively, humanist odes to the resilience and virtues of everyday heroes. An Italian immigrant himself, Capra’s own life story embodied the American Dream that his filmography celebrates. The United States of Capra are a land of opportunity, where normal people want to do the right thing—and that might just be what we need right now.