Small film creates furor in small town West Virginia
Oceana is the largest city in Wyoming County. In the heart of the southern coalfields, it's the center of a new documentary film about prescription pill abuse. Some residents say the film appears to exaggerate the problem, while others say it's time to find a solution.
Sean Dunne's documentary film "Oxyana" chronicles substance abuse problems in Oceana. The film earned Dunne the best new documentary director award from the Tribeca Film Festival and loads of criticism from local residents.
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Last summer, documentary filmmaker Sean Dunne came to Oceana for a project. He had received more than $50,000 through the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to look at the town's problem with a highly addictive prescription painkiller called OxyContin.
Residents of Oceana and other areas of Wyoming County discuss their prescription pill addiction problems in the documentary film Oxyana. More than 65 people have died since 2011 from overdoses, but residents say the film exaggerated the county's problem.
Filmmaker Sean Dunne named his documentary about Oceana and its problems with the prescription painkiller OxyContin "Oxyana." Although a person in Dunne's trailer for the film says everyone calls the town that nickname, other residents say that's not true.
Neat homes can be found just outside of Oceana proper.
Stephen Anderson came home to Oceana in 2007 to open an ATV tour company. He thinks the documentary film "Oxyana" seems to inaccurately display the town's drug problems. There is a problem, he says, but he thinks increased economic opportunity can provide the hope needed to turn things around.
Dentist Michael Moore appears in the documentary film "Oxyana." After watching the film, he said he thinks it doesn't capture the entire story of his town. But if that's what it takes to spur people into action to fix Oceana's problems, he doesn't mind.