Screened as part of NZIFF 2014

The Overnighters 2014

Directed by Jesse Moss Framing Reality

As richly peopled as a Steinbeck novel, Jesse Moss’ doco about the impact of the oil boom on a small North Dakota town follows the controversial campaign of a local priest to support the influx of homeless job-seekers.

USA In English
102 minutes DCP

Director, Screenplay, Photography


Jesse Moss
Amanda McBaine


Jeff Gilbert


T Griffiin


Jay Reinke
Andrea Reinke
Shelly Shultz
Alan Mezo
Keegan Edwards
Michael Batten
Keith Graves
Paul Engel
David Rupkalvis


Special Jury Prize (Documentary)
Sundance Film Festival 2014


San Francisco 2014

Jesse Moss’ vérité account of a small-town pastor’s campaign to accommodate homeless men is a more complex and nuanced picture of charity – and its opponents – than you might expect. When fracking brought an oil boom to a small North Dakota town, hordes of unemployed men invaded in search of work. The oil company demanded they have a local residential address, but even if they had the money for rent there was scant accommodation available. Lutheran pastor Jay Reinke and his family hoped to alleviate the crisis, offering shelter at the community church. But some parishioners were affronted by the men sleeping in their church, and before long the town newspaper was accusing Reinke of harbouring felons and ex-cons. Not every charity case was as helpful as they might be in fending off the attacks. Shot over two years, Moss’ electrifying documentary follows the twists and turns of Reinke’s crusade, becoming his confidant and his confessor, and providing revealing glimpses into many other lives along the way. “One of the most remarkable examples of layered non-fiction storytelling to come along in some time.” — Eric Kohn, Indiewire