Drafthouse Films is set to release their provocative new documentary The Overnighters in select New York theaters this Friday, October 10, with Los Angeles getting the film on Halloween, Friday, October 31. We have a few exclusive images from this impending Oscar-contender in the documentary race, which exposes a scandal in the midst of a seeming act of good will.
The Overnighters plays out like a modern-day Grapes of Wrath, bringing an intimate portrait of job-seekers desperately chasing the broken American Dream to the tiny oil boom town of Williston, North Dakota.
With the town lacking the infrastructure to house the overflow of migrants, a local pastor starts the controversial "overnighters" program, allowing down-and-out workers a place to sleep at the church. His well-meaning project immediately runs into resistance with his community, forcing the clergyman to make a decision which leads to profound consequences that he never imagined.
Soon, a scandal erupts that provides The Overnighters with it's twist, pushing it towards the realm of brilliant storytelling, all of which is true. The film exposes the bleak side of America, and shares the complex efforts of one man who tries to change that. But can we truly call him a Good Samaritan?
We have an exclusive look at this must-see documentary, which offer a peek into the small town of Williston. Take a look at these portraits, which tease the burdens of our modern day social and economical climate.