Luxembourg, 2014 / 96 min / English with French subt. / Documentary
Thanks to new extraction techniques, namely hydraulic fracking, North Dakota has been undergoing an unprecedented oil boom for the last ten years, which has lead to drastic changes, both individual and social. The local “homesteaders” watch their traditional way of life fade away, whereas newcomers arrive searching for jobs and a better way of life. The future is uncertain for John Heiser and for Doug Wenner, the two protagonists in the film.
We believe that the story and people of this area deserve the kind of intimacy and deeper attention that documentary film can achieve when working at its best. (Jean-Louis Schuller & Sean Clark)
Jean-Louis Schuller is a director and cinematographer born in Luxembourg in 1979. He completed a BA in Cinematography at the IAD in Brussels before moving to London, where he graduated from the MA course in Cinematography at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in 2008. His documentary “High/Low” was awarded “Best Documentary” at the 2012 Luxembourg Film Prize whereas “Chungking Dream” was featured in the Clermont-Ferrand film festival and acquired by the MUDAM Collection.
Sean Clark is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He studied filmmaking at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His work in documentary film explores Southern Americana, outsiders, and portraits of everyday people that highlight the uniqueness of the individual story. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
- Black Harvest, 2014
- The Road Uphill, 2012
- High/Low (co-directed with Sam Blair), 2010
- Shanghai EXPO 2010 - Faces (7 screen film), 2009
- Chungking Dream (short), 2008