Anyone who has ever visited -- or, more likely, driven through -- West Virginia has experienced its breathtaking natural beauty. “He says you can’t treat it as fact or fiction, but then how can you treat it as a documentary?” he said. And it’s pretty common for the subjects of documentary films to take issue with their depiction., Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. 109-Year-Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life Will Make You Smile | Short Film Showcase - Duration: 12:39. Topping the night with two awards each were. With a local economy that has been stuck in a catatonic state ever since the death of the coal mining industry, the black market demand of prescription medications is one of the only money-making opportunities in the financially-ravaged area. Cloudflare Ray ID: 5f7902d5ece6085f In the weeks since, Cook and Morgan have raised $1,000 to reserve a drug-sniffing dog for the town police department, and have started talks with state police and legislators about proposing a new statewide law criminalizing drug paraphernalia possession. Another way to prevent getting this page in the future is to use Privacy Pass. It was released in April 2013 at the Tribeca Film Festival.. Oxyana is a fleeting type of place, a place of drug addicts. But what the film has touched off is a bit more nuanced than that. When I checked back with Morgan after the big meeting, he had mellowed a bit about the film. “It’s his thing to make money off of. But the condemnations were mixed with open admission that the area really did have a big problem, and discussions of possible solutions. West Virginia has an undeniable drug problem: Its rate of fatal prescription painkiller overdoses is more than twice the national average, just below nation-leading New Mexico. Dunne is hardly the first to grapple with this challenge. But quietly simmering underneath the surface of this municipality, an insidious epidemic is growing; a scourge of OxyContin and prescription pills that has devastated the town and given it the unfortunate nickname of “. “Everyone I’ve talked to would like to see it but they don’t want [Dunne] to make money from it so they haven’t seen it yet,” said Jim Cook, an Oceana councilman. Morgan, a 36-year-old defense lawyer and son of a retired miner. Australian film, The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival presented the winners of its competition categories with awards tonight in New York City. But when you do it, you’ve got to do it in a way that fits with the people who are addicted and fits with the area and community you go and meet with.”, That said, he didn’t begrudge Dunne the effort. Narrative competition jurors Bryce Dallas-Howard, Tribeca’s 12th annual festival, running from April 17-28, recently announced that their festival awards, including the top juried world competitions going to, The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival unveiled on Thursday the winners of its awards at a ceremony Thursday evening. Portraying people and places at the outer edge of despair is a fraught enterprise—finding the line between exposing wrong and suffering without wallowing in it. Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. • Which made him wonder what the point of it all had been. It was, as he expected, “pretty heavy stuff,” and he recognized some of the people offered up as examples of the epidemic’s toll. What the film depicts is not Oceana, he told me. Alec MacGillis is a New Republic senior editor. “This is what America looks like when the bullshit of the American dream has been exposed.”, Locals were aware that something was up. The past few weeks have seen the openings of summer blockbusters like The Lone Ranger and World War Z, but in Oceana, West Virginia, the summer’s most anticipated film didn’t premiere in any local theaters. Overall, the national rate of fatal painkiller overdoses has tripled in the past decade, with an especially sharp increase among women. But then there’s this thick lingering black cloud and that’s what the film is about.” He took a similar line in interviews he started doing with West Virginia papers: “‘Oxyana’ director says film should not be taken as fact or fiction,” was the Charleston Daily Mail headline.