Another man says 70 to 80 percent of the county has Hepatitis C from intravenous drug use. Both appear to be high.
Of the film's 78 minutes, 85 seconds are devoted to then-Wyoming County Prosecutor Rick Staton and an emergency room doctor at Raleigh General Hospital.
"If the perspective of a guy that's 23-years-old (is) I've buried half my graduating class, you have to take it for what it is," Dunne said. "We took it for what it is — somebody's perspective on this issue."
He sometimes found it hard to take the film's subjects at their word. He doesn't think viewers or critics will either, emphasizing he's not trying to portray their statements as fact.
"I really doubt there's any statistical evidence to back up what they're saying or to contradict what they're saying," Dunne said.
The film prompted Oceana residents DJ Morgan and Jim Cook, a city councilman, to call a town meeting. They wanted to discuss their objections to the film but also the problems it addresses.
About 200 attended the May meeting, including many elected officials. The day after the meeting, Cook said he was a little nervous the discussions would amount to nothing.
"But then we posted regular updates (online) on what we're working on," Cook said. "It's still going pretty strong. I don't even worry about it any more."
Cook and Morgan pointed to three tangible changes in the community since that meeting.
Area officials have agreed to crack down on municipal court no-shows; community members have raised about $1,000 for a new police dog (they need about $7,000 more); and they'll push for a state law banning possession of certain kinds of drug paraphernalia.
The $1,000 helped cover the down payment on the police dog.
"We can actively get out there and start hunting for the drugs," Cook said. "Whereas now we have to sit back and wait."
Cook and a city police officer went to St. Albans to pick out the dog on Wednesday. While in the area, they visited State Police Capt. Joe White in Institute.
White works on legislative initiatives. Cook said he wanted to drop off ideas for a law making ownership of drug paraphernalia a crime.
White said he appreciates what they're trying to accomplish. There could be issues with such a law — it may be hard to determine why someone has a needle — but White said State Police are more than willing to work with the town.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, who attended the Oceana town meeting, said Thursday in a statement he is redoubling his efforts to prosecute pill cases in Wyoming County.
"In the big picture, though, community engagement is the most critical component in getting the problem under control. That's what we saw in Huntington, and I saw the beginnings of that at the Oceana town hall meeting," Goodwin said.
Morgan said he thinks Goodwin will come back to town for a community party sometime in August.
Dunne also hopes to return "when it makes sense." He said he was never asked to do a community showing, but he's heard from plenty of people around the country who want to help the area.
Although he didn't give details, Dunne said he's spoken with people who are potentially interested in investing there.
Cook and Morgan said they had trouble getting in contact with Dunne about a public showing. But both said they would see the film.
"We disagree with the over-the-top approach that it seems the director took in that film," Morgan said. "But in the end, the dialogue it's created will create a better Oceana."