Moore is one of the few residents of the town to have seen the film. He already was planning to fly to New York City for the official premiere when one of the producers invited him to the screening. Paying for most of his own expenses, Moore saw the film twice.
"The trailer, as with any film, kind of focuses on kind of the real grittiest parts, I guess I would say," Moore said in a phone interview. "Not that the film is substantially less gritty; it's not. But, the film does offer a little wider perspective. Not a lot wider."
Dunne uses Cinema verite, or direct cinema, for "Oxyana," said documentary filmmaker Elaine McMillion. The style relies entirely on interviews with residents, not data sets or officials or voice-over narrations, she explained.
McMillion is working on an interactive documentary film, "Hollow," which will be a look at life in McDowell County. In the course of her work she heard about Dunne's film. After reading his description of life in Oceana from his Kickstarter page, she emailed him some complaints.
A West Virginia native studying in Boston, McMillion saw "Oxyana" when Dunne screened it at the Independent Film Festival there. She said she's happy the film was made and was impressed with Dunne's ability to get people to open up on camera.
But most of the people in the film appear to be intoxicated, McMillion said. She questions the ethics of interviewing people who are high.
"To me, as a filmmaker, I couldn't sleep at night knowing I'm sort of exploiting that type of mindset," McMillion said.
She thought Moore, the dentist, helped balanced that a bit; she thought he came across as a "genuine, hardworking" resident. He's the type of person that the "Hollow" project team tried to feature, she said.
Moore said a prosecuting attorney and doctor from Raleigh General Hospital also were included in the film. One of the doctor's statements - that half the babies born there need treatment for drug addiction - raised eyebrows in the community.
Moore said the statement stood out to him, as did other ideas represented as fact: the man's claim about the rapid extinction of his high school class and another person saying the town would crumble without its illicit crutch.
"Now, is that that person's perspective, their opinion? Maybe so," Moore said. "But to me, that's just not something that I believe. If I believed that, I wouldn't stay here."
His neighbors don't agree with that either, so he understands why the trailer upset them. The people of Oceana have more pride than the residents of any place Moore, a native of Braxton County, has ever lived.
Dunne's characterization of the town in several interviews as "the scariest place I've ever been" is laughable to Anderson and others. D.J. Morgan, a trained attorney working as a teacher in the county school system, says Oceana isn't a scary place - it's small-town West Virginia.
McMillion spoke with Dunne at Tribeca and said the filmmaker told her he received death threats. She gave him credit for going into dangerous situations but said those environments probably led to his fear.
"You have to understand if you're going into the homes of drug dealers, no matter where you are, it's going to be the scariest place you've ever been," McMillion said.
Anderson, Cook, Morgan and others fear Dunne greatly exaggerated the extent of the substance abuse problems in Oceana. Moore said the film doesn't show every aspect of the town, but rather a glimpse of it - one that perhaps has been ignored for too long.
"It is a story about drug abuse and drug abusers. For me, that's only a part of our community," Moore said. "I don't think anybody asked Sean to come down to make a convention and visitors bureau film."
While McMillion reiterated that she was glad the film was made because it pointed out problems, she thought it left viewers confused and concerned without providing a way to help.
After the screening in Boston, she said Dunne and his crew tried to answer questions about the community.
They didn't have the answers, she said. But how could they, after spending a few weeks in the town?
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