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Crude Independence -- First-time director Noah Hutton captures the change in Stanley, North Dakota, after a historic 2006 oil discovery. Crude Independence is a rumination on the future of small town America--a tale of change at the hands of the global energy market.
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 .... sound 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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An Insightful Film about a North Dakota Oil Boom Town, 18 March 2009
Author: JustCuriosity from Austin, TX, United States

Crude Independence screened at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. This film provides a fascinating look at the boom town phenomenon in Stanley, ND where recent oil discoveries have transformed the dying agricultural town. The people of the town are learning to deal with new wealth and new people - mostly roughnecks - who are pouring in. Still, they remain suspicious that it is too good to be true and that the boom won't last. The film makers managed to film just as oil prices were peeking in the summer of 2008. The townspeople were learning to deal with the social consequences such as crime and the arrival of lots of new people. The film makers do a good job of interviewing both the locals and roughnecks and getting to know the town. The film also explores the interesting phenomenon that some of the farmers own the surface rights to their land, but not the underground mineral rights; thus some of the residents are able to becoming wealthy while others are being left behind. The town which has been protected from modernity is now placed in its bright spotlight, which is both good and bad. The film is beautifully and quite objectively made. The film makers allow the townspeople and the roughnecks to speak for themselves without trying to impose their own agenda on them. They don't really touch on the environmental consequences or explore whether or not the continued exploration of fossil fuels is good for the larger society, but that wasn't really their intention. Overall, they highlight that there are few places left to hide from the modern world and the global international economy.

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