The Overnighters
U.S. Documentary


2013, 100 minutes, color, U.S.A.

U. S. Documentary Special Jury award for Intuitive Filmmaking

When hydraulic fracturing unlocks an vast oil field in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, tens of thousands of unemployed men descend on the state with dreams of six-figure salaries. In the tiny town of Williston, busloads of newcomers step into the sad reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep. Over at Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Jay Reinke is hell-bent on delivering the migrants some dignity. Night after night he converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center.

But as broken men arrive in droves, the congregants sling criticism, neighbors get suspicious, and the town threatens an ordinance to shut Reinke down. When the Williston Herald gets wind that sex offenders are among Reinke’s “overnighters,” even the pastor’s supernatural determination can’t stop things from spinning out of control. How much will he sacrifice for his crusade of compassion? With unfettered access to electrifying and poignant moments, it’s impossible not to be riveted by the pastor’s dogged battle in a treacherous world where no man is immune to losing everything.

Director: Jesse Moss

Producers: Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine

Cinematographer: Jesse Moss

Editor: Jeff Gilbert

Composer: T. Griffin

About the Director

Jesse Moss is a San Francisco–based filmmaker. His previous documentaries include Full Battle Rattle, a film about the U.S. Army's Iraq War training simulation in the Mojave Desert; Speedo: A Demolition Derby Love Story about a Long Island demolition-derby champion, and Con Man, a portrait of an Ivy League impostor. He also produced William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, which screened at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.


1/17/2014 3:00 pm
Temple Theatre, Park City
1/18/2014 8:30 am
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/18/2014 9:00 pm
Salt Lake City Library Theatre, SLC
1/21/2014 12:00 pm
Sundance Resort Screening Room, Sundance Resort
1/22/2014 8:45 pm
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/24/2014 9:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 1, Park City
1/26/2014 2:00 pm
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City