added: Tue, Aug 26th '14
The recent economic slump in America caused the country's unemployment rate to rise to an excruciating level. However, North Dakota was experiencing its own oil boom. The state became a beacon of hope for thousands and thousands of unemployed workers, producing a massive migration. As employment opportunities grew, so did the need for affordable housing. A majority of job-seekers were forced to live on the streets as they scrambled for a residence required to list on their job application.
And that's where the award-winning documentary "The Overnighters" begins. Filmmaker Jesse Moss tells this "Grapes of Wrath"-type story by centering on a North Dakotan pastor named Jay Reinke, who independently starts up an "overnighters" program in his church, providing shelter to a group of struggling American migrant workers.
The film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, winning a Special Jury Prize. It's now slated to open in theaters on October 10th. (Watch the trailer, above.)
A modern-day Grapes of Wrath, award-winning documentary The Overnighters is an intimate portrait of job-seekers desperately chasing the broken American Dream to the tiny oil boom town of Williston, North Dakota. With the town lacking the infrastructure to house the overflow of migrants, a local pastor starts the controversial "overnighters" program, allowing down-and-out workers a place to sleep at the church. His well-meaning project immediately runs into resistance with his community, forcing the clergyman to make a decision which leads to profound consequences that he never imagined.
directed by Jesse Moss
release date October 10, 2014