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Crude Independence -- A compelling new documentary that takes us to the booming town of Stanley, North Dakota, sitting atop the largest oil discovery in North American history.


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Directed by
Noah Hutton 
Produced by
Jonathan Demme .... executive producer
Robert Hariri .... executive producer
Sam Howard .... producer
Sara Kendall .... co-producer
Granger Whitelaw .... executive producer
Original Music by
Noah Hutton 
Cinematography by
Noah Hutton 
Film Editing by
Alex Footman 
Noah Hutton 
Sound Department
Andy Kris .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Howard .... additional camera operator
Sara Kendall .... additional camera operator
Other crew
Ben Ehrlich .... creative consultant

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USA:71 min (original version)
Sound Mix:
Stereo (RCA Sound System)
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Not-so-Crude Documentary, 27 March 2009
Author: GaylordQTinkledink from United States

I had the pleasure of seeing this piece at the Oxford Film Festival, where it won best documentary in a very impressive field. Visually, the film is beautiful and striking; sun-soaked shots of wheat fields are often interrupted by fire-breathing steel behemoths, the instruments of the oil industry. Director Noah Hutton certainly has a talented eye. He also has an ability that is much less apparent but nonetheless essential to documentary film-making: he extracts the dramatic material he needs from all of his interviews. This involves making his subjects feel at ease, a process for which the affable Hutton (I shook his hand after the Q & A at the screening) seems to have been born. Moreover, he chooses a diverse cast of characters--such as an ebullient young gas station clerk, drunken roughneck black-gold miners, and some of the metamorphosed nouveau riche--in order to paint a comprehensive picture of a town affected, in its entirety, by our 21st century version of the gold rush: the oil boom. Even more impressive is that Hutton was by far the youngest entry in the festival. I hope and suspect that this movie will achieve distribution, and I expect that "Crude Independence" is the initiation of a successful film-making career for Hutton and company.

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