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SFIFF Review: Jesse Moss' Effective Oil Boom Doc ‘The Overnighters’

  • By Sean Gillane
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  • May 6, 2014 6:07 PM
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The Overnighter
The small town of Williston, North Dakota has had an oil boom and people desperate for work from around the country are making the trip out in search of high paying jobs. They’ve heard stories on the news and from a friend of a friend that describe Williston as the unique remaining land of opportunity in a struggling post-recession United States. The reality is that these jobs do exist, but they aren’t as plentiful as promised. Also missing from the stories that drew these men to Williston is the incredibly high cost of housing in the region, inflated due to the influx of people new to the city.

Sundance Review: Devastating Doc 'The Overnighters' A Humane Look At Compassion & The American Dream

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 21, 2014 6:06 PM
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"The Overnighters"
The latest documentary from filmmaker Jesse Moss, “The Overnighters” contains, much, much more than meets the eye. It’s a film that seems to be about one serious issue—the overflow of men looking for work in oil-rich North Dakota—but is actually about morality, consequence, and the choices we make. It’s almost hard to put this film into words, its devastating effect lasting long after it has ended.

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