“The Overnighters” director Jesse Moss found a haunting metaphor for the American dream in a despairing North Dakota oil boom town. The result is an Oscar-contending documentary (now up for top Cinema Eye Honors) that provokes a spectrum of reactions. After a hometown screening in Williston, Drafthouse Films’ Tim League hosted a Q&A with the former mayor and a local journalist who investigated Jay Reinke, the charismatic pastor with an open-door policy who scandalized the town.
In this TOH! exclusive video, Williston folks speak up about how this potently disturbing documentary has touched their lives, in one way or another.