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Watch: How Director Jesse Moss Got First-Person Access to ‘The Overnighters’

Watch: How Director Jesse Moss Got First-Person Access to 'The Overnighters'

Jesse Moss’ verite documentary contains one of the most remarkable examples of layered non-fiction storytelling to come along in some time,” wrote Eric Kohn following “The Overnighters'” premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The stirring documentary went on to win the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement for Intuitive Filmmaking at the festival, and has since gone on to achieve vast critical acclaim.

A raw deconstruction of the American Dream, “The Overnighters” studies the impact of the oil boom on the local economy in Williston, North Dakota and the controversial priest who supports the lives of the newcomers attracted by job prospects. At a recent International Documentary Association screening of the documentary, director Jesse Moss sat down with Indiewire’s Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris to discuss the discovery and access of the story. 

Watch the Q&A highlights below:

On finding the story:


On getting first-person access:


On arriving at the “walloping” conclusion:


READ MORE: Watch: Sundance Doc ‘The Overnighters’ Trailer Examines How Unemployment Unravels US Communities 

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