Price: $350.00

    Code: 2527

    Directed by Noah Hutton
    2015, 89 minutes
    Purchase: $350 | Classroom rental: $125

    A kaleidoscopic study of the recent oil boom in North Dakota, Deep Time is an award winning documentary that focuses on the impact the fossil fuel business has on the environment and on how it affects local landowners, state officials and the Indigenous Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. A complex take on a timely issue by the director of Crude Independence.

    As Stanley, North Dakota transforms from small-town America into one of the biggest centers of the oil boom, inhabitants face overwhelming challenges. Major spills occur almost every week, many unreported. With a significant influx of oil rig workers, the rental market explodes as demand for affordable housing skyrocks. Tensions escalate between newcomers and locals, as well as between workers who have been in the field for many years and workers who are taking their first oil job.

    The film focuses on Marty Youngbear, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, whose lands generate millions of dollars’ worth of crude oil every month. While the MHA’s now-former chairman Tex Hall adopts a “sovereignty by the barrel” approach to allowing the oilmen onto the lands, Youngbear is more concerned with preserving the integrity of his tribal culture and of the earth. The film follows him as he speaks at community meetings.

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    Festivals & Awards

    Winner, Special Jury Award, Environmental Film Festival at Yale
    Official Selection, SXSW
    Official Selection, Vancouver Film Festival
    Official Selection, San Francisco Green Film Festival


    "Hutton does an admirable job of holding multiple narrative threads in tension with one another." –The Austin Chronicle

    "Director Noah Hutton brings a surprising amount of visual flair to his subject. What he achieves, helped by a driving doomsday score, goes beyond a mere environmental-protest film and feels more like an epic end-time poem." –The Georgia Straight

    "Recommended. A worthwhile film to boost one’s thoughts on fracking and drilling oil in the United States." –Educational Media Reviews Online

    ★★★ "Recommended. An incisive look at the consequences of one locale’s response to sudden economic change." -Video Librarian

    "Hutton's measured pace gives a sense of the North Dakota landscape, its inhabitants, and their reactions to boom times. Most viewers will be fascinated and concerned." -Library Journal


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