The Bakken


The Main 2 Wed, Apr 19, 2017 7:00 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Wed, Apr 26, 2017 4:35 PM
The Main 3 Thu, Apr 27, 2017 7:05 PM
The Main 5 Thu, May 4, 2017 7:15 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Competition: Minnesota Made Documentary Feature
Culture & Society
Minnesota Made
Best of Fest
Voice Category:Expanded Horizons
Release Year:2017
Runtime:85 min
Director:James Christenson
Lewis Wilcox
Co-Director:Eliot Popko
Jonah Sargent
Producer:Kevin Byrnes
Neil Degroot
Rory Wade
Clay Steinman & Inge De Becker
Mark Steele
Cinematographer:James Christenson
Eliot Popko
Editor:James Carroll
Lewis Wilcox
Composer:Hanan Townshend


Filmmakers Attending

In the late 2000’s fracking allowed producers to extract previously unimaginable amounts of oil from The Bakken, a shale formation that had long sat dormant under northwestern North Dakota. Suddenly, thousands of workers were flocking to fill oil jobs and economic opportunities emerged across the entire local economy. In a region known more for its ghost towns and gray hair than its strip clubs and single men, this was a paradigm shift.

The Bakken follows a disparate and intertwined group of locals and newcomers as they navigate the boom, both embracing and struggling against the sea change. Over the course of three years, we watch as ambitions soar and anxieties climb. Is this is the new normal, or a poignant example of the economy’s increasingly turbulent cycle of boom and bust? The Bakken examines the human cost of bull market fracking, and for some, the price is quite steep.

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