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Meet the 2015 SXSW Filmmakers #15: Noah Hutton Explores the North Dakota Oil Boom in ‘Deep Time’

Meet the 2015 SXSW Filmmakers #15: Noah Hutton Explores the North Dakota Oil Boom in 'Deep Time'

The oil industry in North Dakota and aliens? There’s no denying the fact that “Deep Time” (Noah Hutton’s follow up to his 2009 documentary feature “Crude Independance,” which also premiered at SXSW) has some serious range, as it explores the recent oil boom in North Dakota. The film focuses on the effect of the fossil fuel business indigenous people in the area — and takes an ethereal (yet dark) look the the future ecology of our planet. 

What’s your film about in 140 characters or less?

North Dakotans, oil, and Arctic permafrost.

Now what’s it REALLY about?

Cycles of life, and eventually we get to aliens.

Tell us briefly about yourself.

I am a level 2 filmmaker from New York, or maybe still level 1.

Biggest challenge in completing this film?

Figuring out when it was completed was the biggest challenge.

What do you want SXSW audience to take away from your film?

An intimacy with larger timescales that arrive disguised as current events.

Any films inspire you?

“Into Eternity,” “Only the Young,” and “Holy Motors.”

What’s next?

A ride home on the train, a colder winter and a warmer summer.

What cameras did you shoot on?

RED Scarlet and Canon 7D.

Did you crowdfund? If so, via what platform. If not, why?

No, I used my first film which was on a similar topic (Crude Independence, 2009) to raise our small budget privately.

Did you go to film school? If so, which one?


Indiewire invited SXSW Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. For profiles go HERE.

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