My Country No More
Jan 7, 10 PM

My Country No More

  • BY Rita Baghdadi & Jeremiah Hammerling | IN Labor
    Premiered January 7, 2019

About the Film

They stood for their neighbors when they could have cashed in on their land. Will their choice cost them both?

Between 2011 and 2016, oil drilling in rural North Dakota reached its peak, setting off a modern-day gold rush in the quiet, tight-knit farm town of Trenton, North Dakota, population less than 1000. With billions of dollars to be gained in an industry-friendly state with a “reasonable regulation” climate, small towns like Trenton became overwhelmed by an influx of workers, and countless acres of farmland were repurposed for industrial development. Through the voices of Trenton’s residents, My Country No More challenges the notion of “progress” and questions the long-term human consequences of short-term approaches to land use, decisions that ultimately affect all Americans, rural and urban alike. MORE

Following the rise and fall of the oil boom in North Dakota, the film paints a portrait of a rural American community in crisis split by a high-stakes divide.


The Filmmakers

Born and raised in North Dakota, Jeremiah Hammerling is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. His documentaries have covered a wide range of topics from the Egyptian Arab Spring to gang intervention in Los Angeles. My Country No More won Best Feature at the 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Jeremiah is a co-founder of the Los Angeles based production company Endless Eye. His work has been featured on CNN, ESPN, PBS, AJ+, NPR and in top festivals worldwide.

Rita Baghdadi is an award-winning Moroccan-American filmmaker whose work has been supported by ITVS, Tribeca, the International Documentary Association, Film Independent, Netflix, CNN Films, A&E, Points North Institute, Technicolor and IFP, and has screened in festivals worldwide. Recently, Rita’s documentary City Rising was awarded three LA Area Emmy Awards including best Social Issue Film. Rita is also an accomplished Director of Photography, having shot several documentary features including Served Like a Girl (SXSW 2017), which premiered on Independent Lens. Rita earned a B.A. in Film from Columbia College Chicago. She is a co-founder of the production company Endless Eye, and when not filming is an active mentor, dedicated to empowering girls through documentary film training. LESS

Film Credits

PRODUCED and DIRECTED BY
Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling

EDITED BY
Jeff Consiglio
Rita Baghdadi

CINEMATOGRAPHY BY
Jeremiah Hammerling
Rita Baghdadi

ASSOCIATE PRODUCED BY
Joshua Hammerling

ORIGINAL SCORE BY
BC Campbell

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY
Lois Vossen
Sally Jo Fifer
Alexandra Johnes

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Shana Swanson

CO-PRODUCED BY
Jeff Consiglio

FEATURING (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE)
Jed Rider
Kalie Rider
Melissa Rider
Lane, Beau and Garrett Rider
Elliot Slater
Ryker Ackerman
Kaylandra St. Marks
Maiya Jackson
Juellz Bauer
Ryan Bloodgood
Ruben Valdez
Michael Bearce
Ruth Rider
Susan Zimmerman
Byron Rider
Jodi Bearce
Roger Bearce
Anna and Doug Hoffman
Dwight Aune
Dan Kalil
Mel Falcon
Steve Mortenson
Merna and Bud Patch
Terri Rider
Chris Hoffman
Laura Bearce
Jonie Slater
Oliver and Tru Slater
Shirley and Bob Bearce

ADDITIONAL EDITING BY
Anna Patel
Laura Kraning
Hyunsoo Moon
Tamara Maloney

SOUND DESIGNER and RE-RECORDING MIXER
Joe Milner

GRAPHIC DESIGN and ANIMATION
James H. Kim

COLOR TIMING
Jon Fordham

ADVISORS
Lucy Walker
Steven J. Berger
Greg Finton
Mark Monroe

VISUAL EFFECTS
Don Bitters

DIGITAL INTERMEDIATE
Different by Design

LEGAL COUNSEL
Justine Jacob

GRANT WRITER
Joanna Rabiger

MUSIC LICENSING
Brienne Rose

FOLEY RECORDING SERVICES
Sound Troop

MIX FACILITY
Smart Post West

ADDITIONAL CAMERA and STILLS
Joshua Hammerling

ADDITIONAL AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Lucian Reed

ARCHIVAL MATERIAL PROVIDED BY
AP Archive
Ben Garvin
Iowa Public Television
Jonie Slater
NPR
Prairie Public Broadcasting
Terri Rider

MUSIC
“Marley Crossing” and “Dare I Say”
Written & Performed by Kalie Rider
Courtesy of Artist

“Lonely Tracks”
Written by Josh Moore & Brandon Jackson
Performed by Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs
Courtesy of Artist

“The Great Gray”
Written by Mark Charles Heidinger
Performed by Vandaveer
Courtesy of Ramshackler Music
By arrangement with Music Alternatives, LLC

ORIGINAL SCORE PERFORMED BY

GUITAR
Matt Batey
Austin Bustad
Lucien LaMotte
Bill Patton

DRUMS
Aaron Benson
Andrew Rudd

BASS
BC Campbell

SCORE MIXING
Steve Fisk
Alek Edmonds
Julian Martlew

SPECIAL THANKS
Bernie’s Liquor Store
Blessing Yen
Christine Kecher
Gita Saedi Kiely
Independent Filmmaker Project
James Kaelen
Jamie Slater
Jenny Fernholz
Molly Thompson
Pat and Lester Larson
Roy Hammerling
Savannah Paynter

IN MEMORY OF
David Gray
Mel Falcon
Pat Larson
William Ekberg

FISCAL SPONSORSHIP PROVIDED BY
International Documentary Association

FUNDING PROVIDED BY
International Documentary Association
Humanities North Dakota
The Rogovy Foundation
Creative District
Film Independent
Dale and Becky Hebert
And others. A complete list available from PBS.

PRODUCTION SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Tribeca Film Institute - Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
Peggy Hammerling
Jot and Marietta Turner
Laura and Brett Hyder
Christine Turner
David and Helen Gray
Susan Leslie and Paul Derdel
William Ekberg
Allison and Fred Daley
Dan Tynan and Nancy Ekberg

PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY
A&E/TFI Story Lab

ORIGINAL SERIES FUNDING PROVIDED BY
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

MY COUNTRY NO MORE is a co-production of ENDLESS EYE LLC and INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE (ITVS), with funding provided by the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING (CPB).

THIS PROGRAM WAS PRODUCED BY ENDLESS EYE LLC., WHICH IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CONTENT.

(C) 2018 Endless Eye LLC. All Rights Reserved.

What obligations do we have to our neighbors, especially if a situation arises when we may have to put self-interest at their expense? If you were in this same North Dakota town, would you sell out to oil companies or stand your ground?

AWARDS

  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
    Best Feature
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What obligations do we have to our neighbors, especially if a situation arises when we may have to put self-interest at their expense? If you were in this same North Dakota town, would you sell out to oil companies or stand your ground?