Opens Feb 27, 2015
A decade ago, Williston, North Dakota, was a sleepy place. Then an oil gusher inspired a flood of get-rich-quick immigrants. Director Jesse Moss headed to the boom town and found documentary gold: the extraordinarily complex character of Pastor Jay Reinke. The pastor sees the newly arrived homeless, viewed as a scourge by some, as "God's gifts to us" and successfully rallies his congregation to create a shelter. But don't call him a saint! The humble Reinke says, "We're all broken," and there's nothing here to make you think any differently. At every turn, Moss confounds our expectations and prejudices, and captures vivid scenes unlike any doc in recent memory. If that weren't enough, brace yourself for a surprise ending guaranteed to pin you to your seat.
"This is nonfiction filmmaking with remarkable nuance." (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter)
Q&A with the director after the Wed, March 4 show.