My Country, No More

MY COUNTRY, NO MORE reveals the complexities of rural life in the North Dakota oil boom.
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My Country, No More is a sponsored project of the International Documentary Association.

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"WOW, I had no idea the scale and emotion!"
"I viewed your trailer several times.  I just showed it to my wife.  It is, in a word, AWESOME."
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WHY THIS PROJECT IS RELEVANT

Today the United States is undergoing an energy boom unlike anything the world has ever seen. Hydraulic fracturing--often referred to as fracking--has made it possible to reach previously unattainable oil and natural gas miles beneath the ground. Recently, North Dakota hit one million barrels per day, becoming the second largest oil producer in the country. 

It's easy to measure the success of this boom. Economically, it means a billion-dollar state surplus and the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Politically, it's responsible for pushing the United States closer to independence from foreign oil. But how do we measure the boom’s impact on the land? On our communities? On our future? When it comes to media coverage, it's hard to find the human story. 

My Country, No More focuses on the human cost and benefit of the clash between agriculture and industry as a result of this boom. The film explores a question that is critical to both our immediate future and our long term survival: What and who are we willing to sacrifice in our pursuit of progress?

THE STORY WE’RE TELLING

When a development group proposes to build a diesel refinery on farmland surrounding the church in Trenton, North Dakota, residents are divided over whether the land should be rezoned from agricultural to industrial. While many consider the oil an opportunity, others feel the threat to their land and health is not worth the price. 

Filmed over a transformative two and a half year period, My Country, No More is an intimate story about modern boomtown life and the effects of industrial sprawl. The film will inspire audiences to engage in a discussion about how the decisions being made about our resources, including land, water, food and fuel, ultimately affect us all. 

Ruben is the great grandson of Geronimo. He left his family in Colorado to find work in the North Dakota oil fields. 

Kalie's family has been farming in Trenton, ND for three generations. She fights to protect the land and the future of her community. 

Dan, local County Commissioner, is conflicted. He wants to see his town prosper, but at what cost?


ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Ten years ago, Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling met in Chicago while studying documentary in film school. Recently they started their own Los Angeles based film production company, Endless Eye. 

Jeremiah was born in North Dakota where My Country, No More takes place. In November 2011 they received a phone call from a family friend living in Trenton, ND. She told them that one of the largest oil reserves had been discovered under her town, and that people were flocking there by the thousands to reap the benefits, jeopardizing her church and farmland. 

The image of a farm church surrounded by a diesel refinery became the inspiration for the film. Rita and Jeremiah set out to see firsthand how the United States energy boom is changing the landscape of communities. In December 2011 they made their first production trip to North Dakota, and have been returning to film every few months since. 

My Country, No More embodies the style of documentary filmmaking Rita and Jeremiah do best; driven by story and character, intimate and highly visual. 

Jeremiah sets up a motion controlled time-lapse.

Rita films Jed ranching from the back of a truck.

WHAT WE NEED

We financed two and a half years of production through a combination of our own money and grants awarded by the North Dakota Humanities Council, the International Documentary Association and Creative District. 

Now we are at a crucial stage where we can't finish My Country, No More without your help. From editing to composing an original score, post-production is an expensive process.  We also need to cover distribution costs such as DVD authoring and duplication, budget for film festival submissions and hire a publicist, among many other things. Every dollar we raise will go directly toward costs related to finishing the film and getting it out into the world.

WHAT YOU GET

We are inviting you to become part of our team and help make an award-winning feature documentary come to life. 

Your donation is tax deductible! My Country, No More is a fiscally sponsored project of the International Documentary Association (IDA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions on behalf of My Country, No More are payable to IDA and are tax deductible less the value of any goods or services received, as allowed by law. The value of goods and services being offered is noted under each donation level. If you would like to deduct the entire donation you have the option to simply decline the reward at check out.

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Kalie Rider's EP features 4 new songs. Here's a sneak peak of one of our favorites: https://soundcloud.com/rita-amal-baghdadi/rough... 

 

Photographs taken behind the scenes.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

Any donation amount will help us reach our goal, but you can support other ways too! Help us spread the word by sharing the campaign link: igg.me/at/mycountrynomore 

FAQ

1) Why make a film? Why not just write an article?

We believe in the power of documentary film as a tool for positive change.  If we are going to pose difficult questions that lack simple answers, we have to first inspire empathy. We believe that film is the most effective way to inspire empathy because it offers a human face in which to recognize yourself. Without emotional engagement, we risk being reduced to statistics.

In addition to the film, we are developing an impact and outreach campaign with our partners around specific ways you can become involved. Follow our project to learn more details soon. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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