Monday, September 29, 2014

The Over Nighters: A Film About Boom Times in Rural America

North Dakota canola field surrounded by oil rigs

Director Jesse Moss talks to Salon about "The Overnighters," his haunting portrait of a fracking boomtown gone bust

"Many people have left Williston. Maybe that’s what makes Williston different than, let’s say Deadwood, is that there was a town here before, a town of 10,000 or 15,000 people with a very particular way of life. So that’s vanished. I think there’s a lot of mourning. Andrea, Jay’s wife, said that in the film. That desire to go back to the way it used to be. But for everyone who mourns that, there were 10 people who have come in. They don’t care. They just see, “Here’s a place where you find work. Here’s a place I’m going to build my life.” And if that displaces somebody, if there’s more traffic or more crime or what have you… That’s just progress, I don’t know."

reuters photo - a fracking site in North Dakota

A North Dakota Story - Winter in Boom Times