Archive of films Solitary Plains / Solitary Plains

USA
2014, 9 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2014

The blazing fires of metalwork construction illuminate the industrial landscape of North Dakota. Only the occasional passing of an impossibly long freight train interrupts the corpse-like atmosphere of limbo. Twelve-year-old James doesn’t go to school and gradually resigns himself to a bleak future amid massive oil refineries.


Synopsis

Thousands of people, mostly men, head for the barren plains of North Dakota to find much-needed jobs in the heavy industries supporting the oil boom. Twelve-year-old James doesn’t go to school, and while his father slaves from morning till night he wanders aimlessly in the vicinity of their rundown RV. The light from the blazing fires of metalwork construction never go out, and only the occasional passing of an impossibly long freight train interrupts the torpid atmosphere of limbo. The days drift by, and James gradually resigns himself to a bleak future amid massive oil refineries.

About the director

J. Christian Jensen completed his studies in documentary filmmaking last year at Stanford University, but he has been active in the field for almost 10 years, including work for numerous TV stations such as National Geographic. His directorial debut, the TV documentary Sou da Bahia (2009), was followed by several successful short student documentaries: Out of Body (2011), Between Land and Seas (2012), Alpha & Omega (2012) and White Earth (2013).

Contacts

J. Christian Jensen
2295 Bowdoin St., 943 06, Palo Alto
United States of America
Tel: +1 435 215 6284
E-mail: jameschristianj@gmail.com
www: www.jchristianjensen.com

About the film

Color, DCP
European premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
   
Director: J. Christian Jensen
Dir. of Photography: J. Christian Jensen
Music: Wiley Webb, Chris Carlson
Editor: J. Christian Jensen
Producer: J. Christian Jensen
Production: Weary Traveler
Contact: J. Christian Jensen

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J. Christian Jensen

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