There are few films that have made an impact on the docu landscape like Jesse Moss’ The Overnighters, which made its debut at Sundance earlier this year (it’s where I sat down with the director for a wonderful little interview) and yesterday evening received, a pair of nominations (including Outstanding Feature) from the 2015 Cinema Eye Honors.
A remarkable film that sees a small town in North Dakota crumble under the weight of desperate men’s hopes as they flock to the modern oil boom town for work. In this exclusive clip, we see just a sampling of the work that the film’s subject, Pastor Jay Reinke, and his buckling congregation of church goers do to help these men get back on their feet when they’re at their lowest. As Reinke’s right hand man comfortingly emphasizes to these men, “Anytime you’re here, you’re safe.”
Via the Drafthouse Films folks, The Overnighters has steadily opened beyond NYC, L.A markets and is slowly moving into other cities (see list), such as Chicago this weekend. Here’s my ★★★★ review and our exclusive clip: