The Overnighters

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.

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The Overnighters is a feature documentary directed by Jesse Moss. The film premiered in the US Documentary Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Intuitive Filmmaking. The film was theatrically released by Drafthouse Films in Fall 2014. It premiered on PBS/POV in June 2015, and is currently streaming on Netflix and available globally on Itunes.

Nomination for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary Feature
Two 2014 Cinema Eye Nominations (Best Documentary Feature and Best Director)
Nonfics: Overnighters Voted Best Documentary of 2014
The Playlist: The Overnighters is the Top Documentary of 2014
Paste: The Best Documentary of 2014
Toronto Film Critics Association, Best Documentary Film of 2014
The New York Times - Sunday Arts Feature: "Alone Among the Desperate Souls: Jesse Moss Looks at Oil Workers in 'The Overnighters'" by Eric Hynes


"The director, Jesse Moss, plays it as it lays. An observational, near-invisible presence, he fills the frame with the faces of economic deprivation and bad choices, neither judging nor sugarcoating. What emerges is a blue-collar meditation on the meaning of community and the imperative of compassion."
The New York Times, Critics’ Pick, Jeanette Catsoulis

“Exceptional… a film of disquieting moral complexity”
The Los Angeles Times, Sheri Linden

“A stunning piece of Americana… one of the best documentaries of the year”
The San Francisco Chronicle, David Lewis

“Through patience, skill, discretion, and trust…. Moss has crafted one of the best documentaries of the year.”
The Boston Globe, Peter Keough

“A remarkable nonfiction essay on golden rules and grand intentions and oil booms that do not pay off for everyone… a rich and troubling documentary highlight of the year.”
The Chicago Tribune, Michael Phillips

“[A] revelation of a movie that masterfully explores so many modern-day conundrums”
The Washington Post, Stephanie Merry

“Like a punch in the gut. I can’t remember the last time a documentary hit me so hard… layered, provocative, and surprisingly intimate”
Leonard Maltin

“If John Steinbeck were writing in the second decade of the 21st century,
“The Overnighters” is precisely the story he’d want to tell”
Salon, Andrew O’Hehir

“Remarkable for capturing again and again powerful contradictions. It explores an economic moment but also offers a portrait of spiritual commitment and struggle. It raises questions that need consideration as much in boom-times as in bust crises.”
The Denver Post, Lisa Kennedy

“Jesse Moss’s tough, absorbing documentary could almost be a modern-day Grapes of Wrath”
The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw

Other prizes include the Golden Gate Award for Best Feature Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami International Film Festival, the Inspiration Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Philadelphia Film Festival.

Festival Screenings:
Sundance (Winner: Special Jury Prize)
True/False (Closing Night Film)
Miami International Film Festival (Winner: Grand Jury Prize)
Full Frame (Winner: Inspiration Award)
Wisconsin Film Festival
Martha's Vineyard
Dallas International Film Festival
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival (Winner: Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary)
Hot Docs
Tribeca Film Festival
Independent Film Festival of Boston
Nashville Film Festival
Montclair Film Festival
Little Rock Film Festival
MountainFilm Telluride
Los Angeles Film Festival
Provincetown Film Festival
Sydney (AU) Film Festival
Sheffield Doc Fest
Munich Film Festival
AFI Docs
Flyway Film Festival
Traverse City Film Festival
Hardacre Film Festival
Free Range Film Festival
New Zealand International Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Dokufest Kosovo
Hamptons SummerDocs Series
Cambridge Film Festival
Milwaukee Film Festival
Camden International Film Festival
Vermont International Film Festival
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA - London)
Philadelphia Film Festival (Winner: Best Documentary Feature)
Tallgrass Film Festival: (Winner: Outstanding Documentary Feature)
CNEX Taipei Documentary Film Festival
Los Cabos International Film Festival
Middleburg Film Festival
Three Rivers Film Festival (Opening Night Film)
Producers Guild of America Screening
IDA Documentary Screening Series
AMPAS Screening
Denver Film Festival

The Hollywood Reporter: "riveting...superior documentary filmmaking"
Variety: "powerful... indelible snapshot of a despairing moment in American history"
Indiewire: "devastating... one of the most remarkable examples of layered non-fiction storytelling to come along in some time"
The Playlist: "It will leave you stunned...starkly bleak and devastatingly humane, and an indelible American documentary"
Filmmaker Magazine: "remarkable... magnificent"
Filmmaker Magazine II: "unravels with the jagged edges of a thriller"
Movie City News: "fascinating... a standout documentary at Sundance 2014"
Twitch: "a shattering experience; a masterwork of unbridled honesty... an exceptional, haunting film."
Film Threat: "stellar...a masterfully directed piece of work"
First Showing: "an utterly compelling, nuanced film... a fantastic accomplishment."
The Dissolve: "bracing and unforgettable"
Nonfics: "brilliantly develops into a snowballing drama of the human condition"
Salt Lake Tribune: "Every moment... will bring tears to your eyes"
Screen Daily: "terrific... shocking"
Sight & Sound: "The narrative tensions... create the sense of watching a lion tamer at work."
Moving Image Source: " The quandaries at the heart of Jesse Moss's intimate, empathetic, and nuanced feat of immersive filmmaking are as old as the Union itself"
Paste: "engaging, heartfelt and timely... incredible off-the-cuff moments"
Real Screen: "A modern-day Grapes of Wrath... an interesting, complicated and vertiginous documentary."
World: "a fantastically complex film that treats its Christian subjects fairly and compassionately"
People's World: "what really makes this morality play a masterpiece is the sensitive and penetrating filmmaking... as the story takes unexpected twists and turns, leaving the viewer stunned"
The Moveable Fest: "With Moss’ clear-eyed examination, it’s beyond belief in every way"
The Clapper Bored " (UK): "Reinke’s story grounds the film and provides it with its astonishing final act (one of *the* great moments of modern documentary filmmaking)... an astonishing portrait of working class America, as well as a profound and riveting domestic drama"
LA Daily News: "Searing... epic human drama"
Pique Magazine: "a superb piece of documentary filmmaking"
Flickfeast: "a complex account of individual struggle, class and community... a truly incredible film"
Huffington Post: "demonstrates the power of non-fiction filmmaking to touch un-scriptable hidden truths"

Sundance Institute: "Jesse Moss on the Role of Empathy in Making The Overnighters - Interview with Tabitha Jackson"
Sundance Institute: "Jesse Moss On Morality, Desperation, and His Dogged Devotion to Making The Overnighters - Interview with Eric Hynes"
Real Screen: "Overnight Solutions - Interview with Adam Benzine"
Film Independent: "How The Overnighters Got Made - Interview with Lee Jameson"
Salon: "What Happens When Fracking Takes Over Your Town - Interview with Lindsay Abrams"

East Hampton Star: "Prizewinning Film is Last of SummerDocs"

GQ: "Sundance 2014: Who Really Won The Festival"
Salon: "The 10 Best Movies..."
Buzz Feed: "21 Sundance Movies You Need to Know About..."
Indiewire: "Indiewire Selects the 14 Breakouts of Sundance..."
Hammer to Nail: Sundance '14: Tully's Wrap Up"
LA Weekly: "Sundance 2014: Ten Films to Watch"
Deseret News: "Films Depict Real, Raw Role of Clergy..."
Vice: "Watching Sundance Films Made My Butt Hurt..."
FSLC: "Film Society Staff Pick These 21 Sundance Films"
LA Times: "Kenneth Turan: 10 best documentaries of 2013, and the new crop in 2014"
Indiewire: Best Documentaries of 2014 So Far

The Overnighters:
Produced, Directed & Photographed by Jesse Moss
Produced by Amanda McBaine
Edited by Jeff Gilbert
Music by T. Griffin

The film is supported by the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, the Catapult Film Fund and Impact Partners. Director Jesse Moss was awarded a Summer 2013 Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony.

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