Sean Dunne is a familiar name around these parts. I’ve posted a bunch of his shorts in the past (The Archive, Man in Van, The Bowler, etc.) and his last film American Juggalo (embedded at the end of this post) was a great watch and received a lot of positive attention online. I’m a fan of his work, so obviously I’m excited to see what he has in store for his first feature film, ‘Oxyana’. Here’s some info on the project:
Oceana, West Virginia, sits squarely in one of God’s blind spots. It’s one of the old coal mining communities that feeds the nations insatiable appetite for energy. Set in the middle of unbelievable natural beauty, a beauty that in the last number of years, has been marred by the Appalachian scourge of Oxycontin. Life persists, but it’s a living that few Americans could explain or even believe; closer in kind to the world of a medieval plague. Men and women die epidemically. The addicts— who are the vast majority, and all nice enough people— sell, scramble, and steal in an economy of nigh-endtimes desperation. Worn down and out by the pills, the mines, or the indignity of both, everyone is easily twice their own age, and unable to imagine an existence outside of coal, subsidies, and prescription narcotics. Things could hardly get darker— or more fucked and implausible— than in this place called Oceana.
Head on over to the film’s Kickstarter page, check out the incentives and donate! I’d love to see this film happen.