American Songwriter recently featured a piece about Oxyana, an in-the-works documentary by filmmaker Sean Dunne that’s in the middle of its Kickstarter campaign. Their angle? It was scored by Jonny Corndawg and Deer Tick’s John McCauley. My angle is a little less complex: This movie is going to rule. As a seasoned documentary-watcher, I feel totally confident calling this one early.
It follows residents of Oceana, a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, West Virginia. The town is unbelievably beautiful in a stuck-in-time, Appalachian woodlands kind of way, but there's a Twilight Zone twist — its residents are all high on Oxycontin. The subject matter is clandestine, newsworthy and gripping: That's a combination that helped make docs like The Weather Underground, Capturing the Friedmans and Grey Gardens so fascinating. Dunne’s previous endeavors — including an examination of the rabid (literally?) fans of Insane Clown Posse American Juggalo, and the Jonny Corndawg doc "Stray Dawg" that Patrick hipped you to last April — all but ensure that we’ve got a winner on our hands.
That is, if they can reach the required amount of $50,000 by Tuesday, June 26. They’re close — last time I checked they were just shy 10K from goal — but with only three days to go, I’m starting to get nail-bitey. If you want to watch this film as much as I do, you’ll spread the word and contribute all you can. Visit the Kickstarter campaign here.