Sean Dunne, producer of the documentary "Oxyana, a look into the underground drug culture in Oceana, WV," is a word peddler - the misguided type, the kind that preys on the eccentricities of subculture then portrays them as the community's norm.
His movie comes out July 1.
Dunne's target: depicting the prescription drug problem in Oceana, Wyoming County.
Dunne's mission: Make a splash in the filmmaking industry to further his career.
Oceana and its people are the means to an end, a target to explode and exploit on his way to a greater mission - movie-director stardom.
Exploding the target and accomplishing his mission requires an arsenal - the sensational, the exaggerated, and the embellished - the drone missiles of yellow journalism.
Dunne paints a picture, mixing white facts and black fiction, and with broad, gray strokes swipes together a dark, ominous painting of hopelessness and gloom.
One only needs to read his own description of his documentary to see the shades of sensationalism and embellishment.
Oceana is "God's blind spot," the "addicts" are "the vast majority," the "indignity" of the "mines," "everyone looks twice their own age", "a little village in the valley of Death," a place "the rest of the world would just as soon forget", and a "Biblical narrative of American forsakenness."
This is not Bob Ross and happy little trees.
The sensational drips from each sentence - stereotypes magnified, catastrophized, and globalized.
A whole people stereotypically objectified as ignorant hillbillies who can't "imagine an existence outside of coal, subsidies and prescription narcotics" (www.oxyana.com/about.html).