The Overnighters (2014)
Screening format: Sony 4K Digital Projection (1 hour and 42 minutes)
Producer/Director: Jesse Moss
The event is free but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.
Award-winning documentary The Overnighters is an intimate portrait of economic migration, faith, and community in the tiny oil boom town of Williston, North Dakota. Inundated with thousands of job-seeking arrivals, yet lacking the infrastructure to house them, the town struggles to adapt. In response, local Pastor Jay Reinke initiates a controversial "overnighters" program, providing down-and-out workers refuge at his church. This well-intentioned project meets resistance from his faith community and local government. Escalating controversy over the program results in a series of increasingly difficult decisions for Reinke, ultimately revealing the tension between the promise and the limits of reinvention, redemption, and compassion.
Director Jesse Moss will join UCSB Ph.D. student Tyler Morgenstern for a post-screening discussion.
Director/Cinematographer Jesse Moss
Jesse Moss is a director and cinematographer. His films include The Overnighters (Sundance Special Jury Prize, DGA Nomination); Full Battle Rattle (Berlinale Panorama, SXSW Special Jury Prize); and Speedo: A Demolition Derby Love Story. Recent work includes The Bandit, for CMT; Protect & Serve, a short film for the New Yorker Presents series on Amazon; and one segment of Killing the Colorado, an omnibus feature for Discovery, with contributions from some of America’s leading documentary filmmakers. He is a creative adviser to the Sundance Documentary Film Program, and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Moderator Tyler Morgenstern
Tyler Morgenstern is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Film & Media Studies at UCSB and a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and a MA in Media Studies from Concordia University in Montreal. His doctoral research considers how the proliferation of information processing and computing technologies in the post-WWII period reshaped notions of cultural and racial difference – Indigeneity in particular – in Canada and the United States.
This event is presented in conjunction with Media Fields VI: Ruins, the sixth biennial conference of the Media Fields editorial collective. Media Fields is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the Mellichamp Global Dynamics Initiative, the Department of Film & Media Studies, UCSB Graduate Division's Alumni Development Grant, the UCSB Graduate Center for Literary Research, the Department of Communication, the Department of History, the Department of Religious Studies, the English Department's Transcriptions Lab, the Center for Middle East Studies, Dr. Lisa Parks (MIT), Dr. Laila Shereen Sakr (UCSB Film & Media Studies), and Dr. Bhaskar Sarkar (UCSB Film & Media Studies).