International Competition

The Overnighters

Jesse Moss
Screening time  
27.02. / Friday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 2  
28.02. / Saturday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 4  
A smoldering film about dualities in this provocative modern-day parable that challenges the very fabric of our society.

After hydraulic fracturing uncovers a rich oil field in North Dakota, a small conservative town is tested as hordes of unemployed men chasing the “American Dream” pour into its borders. Desperate men, often running from their past, find compassion and refuge in the form of a local pastor. Providing his church and even his own home as shelter to the visitors, he exposes himself, and by extension the town, to unfamiliar pressures that test the true limits of the commandment “Love Thy Neighbor.” The more responsibility he shoulders, the more everything threatens to come crumbling down. With unfettered access to the citizens of Williston, documentarian Jesse Moss crafts a smoldering film about dualities in this provocative modern-day parable that challenges the very fabric of our society.

Jesse Moss

Jesse Moss is a San Francisc-based filmmaker. His previous documentaries include Full Battle Rattle, a film about the U.S. Army’s Iraq War training simulation in the Mojave Desert; Speedo: A Demolition Derby Love Story, about a Long Island demolition-derby champion; and Con Man, a portrait of an Ivy League impostor.

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The Overnighters

2014, 100', color, DCP

Directed by:
Jesse Moss

Screenplay by:
Jesse Moss

Jesse Moss

Edited by:
Jeff Gilbert, Don Bernier

T. Griffin

Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine

Produced by:
A Mile End Films Production, Al Di La Films, Impact Partners

Festivals & Awards:

Academy Award nomination for the Best Feature Documentary 2014; Sundance Film Festival 2014 – Special Jury Prize for Intuitive Filmmaking; San Francisco International Film Festival 2014 – Golden Gate Award for Best Feature Documentary; Miami International Film Festival 2014 – Grand Jury Prize; Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2014 – Inspiration Award; Philadelphia Film Festival 2014 – Best Documentary Feature Award; Cinema Eye Honors Awards 2015; National Society of Film Critics Awards USA 2015 – 3rd place NSFC Award; Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2014; Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2015 – Allan King Documentary Award, TFCA Award; Utah Film Critics Association Awards 2014 – 2nd place UFCA Award Best Documentary Feature Film; Vancouver Film Critics Circle 2015 – VFCC Award; Tribeca Film Festival 2014; True/False Film Fest 2014