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The Overnighters

THE OVERNIGHTERS is the story of the broken, desperate men chasing their dreams and running from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields and the local Pastor who risks everything to help them.

Director: Jesse Moss
Year: 2014
Time: 102 min

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Share this film. Give others the chance to learn from its story.

Get involved with or donate to local shelters, food pantries, or outfits like Project Home or the Coalition for the Homeless to help the homeless in your own community.

Make sure you do your research if an opportunity for employment comes up far from home. Reach out and make some connections before leaving everything behind and relying solely on hope.

Be respectful and empathetic of other people’s choices in life, as you never know if and when your roles may be reversed.

Help support the FRAC Act (Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act). Though oil fracking can be financially prosperous, it can also lead to detrimental effects on the environment and local communities. the FRAC Act  would require the energy industry to disclose all chemicals used in fracturing fluid as well as repeal fracking’s exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Interview With Filmmaker Jesse Moss

“There was no crew, it was just me and I think it’s a very raw and vulnerable place and I felt, because I was by myself and I was able just to be there, I felt vulnerable too.”

IONCINEMA interviews Jesse Moss on how he discovered the situation in Williston, if he felt if the rampant fear within the town was justifiable and much more.

Their conversation can be found here.

Shutting Down Overnight Program

“Last week, the city of Williston shut down a program run for more than a year at Concordia Lutheran Church. At the church, up to 30 men have been sleeping in the basement because they have nowhere to stay.”

Find out more here.

Interview With Jay Reinke

NONFICS interview Jay Reinke on being the subject of THE OVERNIGHTERS.


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“America’s economic map is ever changing. Great migrations – settlers westward; African Americans northward; urbanites outward to greener suburbs, then back again – have shaped the country’s history. Cities have heaved skyward; boom towns have come and gone.”

Find out more on The Atlantic.

State of the Homeless 2014

“By any measure, New York City’s homelessness crisis broke every record during the final year of the Bloomberg administration. The already record-high homeless shelter population soared even higher…”

Read the full article here.

Fear of the Lord: What Does It Mean?

Explore some of the interpretations of the expression here.

The Dangers of Fracking

“Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking’, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside.

Each gas well requires an average of 400 tanker trucks to carry water and supplies to and from the site.”

Find out more about fracking and why it’s a problem here.

America’s New Gold Rush City

“’But I don’t go out any more. I don’t do anything. You can’t walk into a bar. It’s so overcrowded and you don’t know anyone.’

The most expensive place to rent new housing in the US isn’t Miami, LA or even New York. Thanks to the fracking boom, it’s Williston, North Dakota, where Walmart pays $20/hour and new arrivals sleep in shipping containers.”

Read the full article on The Guardian.


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