Oil Rig 01-documentary stillWhen the Land Turned Black is a short documentary directed by Ashley Panzera. The film is a glimpse into the life of a third generation farmer, Donny Nelson, and the changes he’s seen to his land during North Dakota’s oil boom. With over 25 oil wells drilled on his property in the past few years, Nelson has documented spills, accidents and the release of dangerous gasses on his once-peaceful farm. Donny’s connection and love for his land is a powerful contrast to the oil industry around him. Nelson’s story will be featured in an upcoming book by journalist Blaire Briody from St. Martin’s Press, and the film premiered at the 2014 Asheville Cinema Festival in North Carolina.

Asheville Cinema Festival logo 2014




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