The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 25, 2013

‘Oxyana’ documentary to debut at Tribeca Film Festival

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— “Oxyana,” the widely debated and somewhat controversial documentary highlighting the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Wyoming County, is set to premiere at the 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April.

The Oxyana Kickstarter website posted an update March 5 announcing the documentary will premiere April 17-28 at the Tribeca Film Festival after nearly a year of hard work.

The 2013 film selection includes feature films from 30 different countries and a total of 113 directors will present feature works at the festival.

Along with the premiere announcement, executive producer Colby Glenn posted a thank you to everyone who donated to help the project; they reached their fundraising goal of $50,000 in June with nearly 500 backers.

Filmmaker Sean Dunne got the idea for the film while traveling through West Virginia to Nashville.

While making a few stops in Oceana and Pineville, Dunne said many people talked to him about the ongoing drug problem in the area.

He said that he visited again a few months later and saw that the growing drug problem was even more apparent.

He decided he wanted to get this story out there and started the film-making process.

“I grew up the son of a prescription pill addict and I know the depths of what this disease can do to people and can do to a place,” Dunne said. “It was something that felt personal to me and we decided to pursue it.”

Although Dunne had anticipated screenings of the documentary would be held in January, his film will be brought to a huge audience just a few months later than expected.

For more information or to view a trailer of the documentary, visit www.kickstarter. com and search “Oxyana.”

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com