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Oxyana (2013)

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The 'Hillbilly Heroin' epidemic that's slowly rotting the soul of rural America.

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Tucked in the Appalachian mountains of Southern West Virginia, Oceana, is a small, once thriving coal-mining town that has fallen victim to the fast spreading scourge of prescription painkiller Oxycontin. As the coal industry slowly declined and times got tough, a black market for the drug sprung up and along with it a rash of prostitution, theft and murder. Soon its own residents had nicknamed the town Oxyana and it began to live up to its reputation as abuse, addiction and overdoses became commonplace. Oxyana is a harrowing front line account of a community in the grips of an epidemic, told through the voices of the addicts, the dealers and all those affected. It is a haunting glimpse into an American nightmare unfolding before our eyes, a cautionary tale told with raw and unflinching honesty. Written by Anonymous

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The songs featured in the film's soundtrack, performed by John McCauley (of the band Deer Tick) and Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg), were recorded over 5 days in the living room of Jonny Fritz' house (aka The Fritz Carlton) in Nashville, TN. See more »

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Written by John Joseph McCauley III
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A startling portrait of a community confront an epidemic of drug abuse
20 April 2013 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

Oceana, West Virginia is the setting for Sean Dunne's startling portrait of a town beset with prescription drug abuse. Oxyana is the nickname given to the once proud Appalachian coal mining community of 1,400, and the name of this startling documentary which received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19. Dunne & his crew spent 21 days of filming in the summer of 2012 in Oceana. Oxycana presents the people through a series of incredibly candid interviews. The director conducted open-ended interviews and is able to gain their trust by asking non-judgemental questions. Addiction to pain-killers like OxyContin & Percoset is the reality facing two generations of residents, and the film depicts pregnant mothers expressing fears about what lies ahead for their children. We see addicts shooting up so "the pain goes away" and youth mourning the loss of their friends and family, taken away by overdosing. This is Dunne's first documentary feature, and demonstrates a remarkable skill in allowing them to tell their stories. Oxyana could be set anywhere in North America, and the brutal reality it depicts is not easy to watch and reveals a tremendous talent in documentary film making.


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