Man, things in West Virginia seem pretty grim. Tucked in the Appalachian mountains of southern West Virginia, Oceana, is a small, once thriving coal-mining town, has fallen victim to the fast spreading scourge of prescription painkiller Oxycontin. As the coal industry slowly declined and times got tough, a black market for the drug sprung up and along with it a rash of prostitution, theft and murder. Soon, its own residents had nicknamed the town Oxyana, and it began to live up to its reputation as abuse, addiction, and overdoses became commonplace. Oxyana is a harrowing front line account of a community in the grips of an epidemic, told through the voices of the addicts, the dealers and all those affected. It is a haunting glimpse into an American nightmare unfolding before our eyes, a cautionary tale told with raw and unflinching honesty.
The documentary, which officially released today, was recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and director Sean Dunne was honored with by the festival as “Best New Director”. This beautiful documentary was scored by Nashville’s John McCauley and Jonny Fritz, and you can listen to the soundtrack below. It isn’t surprising that Fritz was tagged for the soundtrack by Dunne, given that he directed the video Stray Dog about Fritz and his love/hate of running a couple of years ago.
You can check out the trailer for Oxyana, the soundtrack, and the mini doc Stray Dog below.