First-time director Noah Hutton captures the change in Stanley, North Dakota, after a historic 2006 oil discovery. The film chronicles the heartbreaking transformation forced upon the residents of Stanley after geologists discover 200 billion barrels of crude oil beneath the small town. With a population of just 1,300 people, Stanley is immediately thrust into the global spotlight as oil companies from all around the world race to get their hands on the historic "black goldmine." Crude Independence is a rumination on the future of small town America a tale of change at the hands of the global energy market. Directed by: Noah Hutton, 1 hour 11 minutes, 2009.
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