The Overnighters | 2014

Documentary
Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local pastor risks everything to help them.
Director: Jesse Moss
Writers: Jesse Moss
Awards: 2 wins & 2 nominations | full awards »

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Company

Al Di La Films

Production Company

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Mile End Films

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Synopsis

In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up, lured by the oil boom, with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck but find slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep instead. At Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Jay Reinke is driven to deliver the migrants some dignity, converting his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center. They sleep on the floor, in the pews and in their cars in the church parking lot. Many are living on society's fringes and with checkered pasts, and their presence starts affecting the dynamics of the small community. The congregants begin slinging criticism and the City Council threatens to shut the controversial Overnighters program down, forcing the pastor to make a decision that leads to profound consequences that he never imagined.

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