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About: Crude Independence is a documentary film about the heartland in the process of transplanting itself, and its new heart is pumping oil. In 2006, the United States Geological Survey estimated there to be more than 200 billion barrels of crude oil resting in beneath western North Dakota, and now oil companies from far and wide are descending on small rural towns across the state with men and machinery in tow. First-time director Noah Hutton takes us to the town of Stanley (population 1300) and captures the change wrought by the unprecedented boom. Through revealing interviews and breathtaking imagery of the northern plains, Crude Independence is a rumination on the future of small town AmericaÑa tale of change at the hands of the global energy market and America's unyielding thirst for oil.