Monday, October 8, 2012

Oxyana | A Documentary

A portrait of Oceana, WV, an old coal mining town that has become the epicenter of the Appalachian Oxycontin epidemic, earning the nickname Oxyana.

Set in the middle of unbelievable natural beauty, life persists in Oceana, but it’s a living that few Americans could explain or even believe; closer in kind to the world of a medieval plague. Men and women die epidemically. The addicts— who are the vast majority, and all nice enough people— sell, scramble, and steal in an economy of nigh-endtimes desperation.

Worn down and out by the pills, the mines, or the indignity of both, everyone is easily twice their own age, and unable to imagine an existence outside of coal, subsidies, and prescription narcotics. Things could hardly get darker— or more fucked and implausible— than in this place called Oceana.

Oxyana Teaser from Sean Dunne on Vimeo and Kickstarter


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  2. The town of Oceana, West Virginia, is considered the country’s OxyContin capital, earning it the nickname “Oxyana.” Now comes a documentary about its epidemic, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival.

    Source: The Daily Beast - ‘Oxyana’ Documentary at Tribeca Exposes the OxyContin Epidemic

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