Deep Time

Directed by Noah Hutton

Ancient oceans teeming with life, Norwegian settlers, Native Americans and multinational oil corporations find intimacy in deep time. Following up his 2009 feature Crude Independence (SXSW), Deep Time is director Noah Hutton's ethereal portrait of the landowners, state officials, and oil workers at the center of the most prolific oil boom on the planet for the past six years. With a new focus on the relationship of the indigenous peoples of North Dakota to their surging fossil wealth, Deep Time casts the ongoing boom in the context of paleo-cycles, climate change, and the dark ecology of the future.


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  • ★★★★ review by Leslie Elizabeth on Letterboxd

    Review inspired by a text I sent a friend after watching the film:

    It has a large scope but the director handles it well, using the smaller story of the town he is telling as a piece in a much bigger puzzle that involves the entire planet. We begin in a cave full of history from those who came before us and then move to the town with the oil boom. We see not only how these people are affected but also how the land is affected. Then by incorporating folks at NASA who study climate change on a larger scale, the film widens the scope and shows how the small thing we've just seen combines with all the other small things like it happening everywhere and how they affect the entire planet.

    The editing is fantastic, and the soundtrack compliments the scenes very well. I was engaged, entertained, and educated. Would definitely recommend.

  • ★★★★ review by Glenn Dunks on Letterboxd

    I can usually be quite harsh towards enviro-docs because they're all about the issue and not the actual filmmaking, but I really enjoyed DEEP TIME. It's greatest asset is the editing, which moves between subjects and issues and concept with grace and flow. It also helps that it looks wonderful and has good interview subjects (another trouble some docs have, obviously)

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