'Oxyana' documentary doesn't paint fl...

'Oxyana' documentary doesn't paint flattering picture of area, residents say

There are 30 comments on the Bluefield Daily Telegraph story from Sep 6, 2012, titled 'Oxyana' documentary doesn't paint flattering picture of area, residents say. In it, Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that:

Production is on schedule for "Oxyana," a widely debated documentary about the prescription drug abuse epidemic in southern West Virginia.

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Horsehead

Mount Lookout, WV

#24 Sep 12, 2012
t_d_b wrote:
Well, I believe that they only used Oceana because the name sounds catchy as "Oxyana". The drugs are this bad all over the world. It just so happens that the name of our town is very convenient. After this film, all of the nonaddicts are going to have to defend themselves everywhere they go when people ask where they are from. It makes everyone in the town look bad. Not everyone in Oceana are on drugs. This film is just going to make everyone around here look bad. It will just make all the rumors and stereotyping worse.
why are these people being allowed in our town? Somebody Is making money from this! Why not run them out of our town,who is giving them the rights to do this to our home town? Why not cause a big uproar and stop the filming,someone bigger than us is making some big bucks at our expense! Let them make a film about us taking our town back! There Is a lot of good christain people that live in or around Oceana! Yes,we have a terrible drug problem,what town doesn't? The authority that should be taking care of the problem is looking bad! It Is just going to make West Virginia live up to the name we have had for years! We should ban together and stop this film altogether,I bet we would find out,who the locals are,that is going to be making big bucks from this!
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Atvrider

Oceana, WV

#26 Sep 18, 2012
They are trash me and a cupol of my buddies was riding and they was in cow creek and asked us if we wanted beer and we are all under age trashy people and they took a video of me with out asking (N) badinage the red atv you see in the teaser
Soreally

Beckley, WV

#27 Sep 18, 2012
I'm tired of the same old same old teaser. Where is a new teaser!? When can we see the finished product?
fan

Oceana, WV

#28 Sep 19, 2012
Puke wrote:
New York City is one of the dirtiest shit holes on the planet. You can't walk down the streets without being overcome by the stench of piss or crap and bums and hookers and lunatics.
Sounds like Oceana!!
Whats wrong with you people--The thuth hurt
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Since: Jul 12

Pineville, WV

#29 Sep 19, 2012
They said they would be in town this month - maybe they will come to the Homecoming Parade

Since: Jan 08

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#30 Sep 24, 2012
Is there nothing to do instead of drugs. Join a hym folks and workout.

Since: Jul 12

Pineville, WV

#31 Sep 24, 2012
There is a gym in Oceana. Many people do go there.

There is everything to do instead of drugs.
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Since: Jul 12

Oceana, WV

#34 Sep 27, 2013
Film grad wrote:
I think your missing the point of a documentary. Being a graduate student for film, maybe I have a different outlook. I was born in southern WV. I currently live in New York. I don't visit often but I do know there is a large drug problem there and sweeping it under the rug isn't going to do anything but make the conditions worse. The only way to make a positive change is to get the problem known. The state doesn't seem to want to do anything to help addicts . Maybe from this film some non-profits will help with drug rehabs or even a place that's safe to detox.
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You know, Film Grad, I sincerely hope and wish that this movie will encourage non-profit rehabilitation. It is true that I find this film to be unethical and bias - despite my reservations, Sean Dunne went ahead and made it anyway. I guess I can accept the consequences of being known to his audience as a pathetic drug addict because I live in Wyoming County. Who is this audience, anyway? Honestly, I think I don't care.

The movie exists and I don't want to even imagine what sorts of people are actually viewing it - film makers, it seems. I was too proud to pay to see it, so I viewed it during a brief posting by a vigilante. I didn't imagine myself as "stealing" it until after the deed - I immediately felt guilty and so I purchased it to be fair. Dunne used his abilities to transform our grief into a product and I viewed his product - I felt obligated to compensate him - I don't always like capitalism, but when I play the game, I follow the rules. I didn't HAVE to see what he is showing everyone else about us - but I felt defenseless to combat being judged by outsiders without knowing what they think they know about me. I can imagine that YOU have the wrong idea about our reality because you believe the "truth" that Dunne has delivered to you.

The movie wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined it would be - I cried. That is Dunne's skill, to make me care and experience the emotions of people I don't know. I wasn't surprised that I genuinely don't know about 95% of the participants - the "drug scene" exists, I admit it, but since I am not a part of it, I can only view it through a righteous window - I saw living conditions and lifestyles that I could only imagine existed right under my nose. But to what purpose? To educate people? To encourage non-profit rehabilitation? He didn't mention those things. I think it was to pry the hard earned dollars from my pocket, and damn it! He did. That's success, I guess, for a film-maker.

And so, I accept that the movie is of some use educationally - it could bring awareness and non-profit support from all around the world - anything is possible, right?*sigh* I only wish our solutions where so simple and swift. I'm not holding my breath, Film Grad.

Here is the logic behind the lives of the people interviewed living drug addicted lives - the logic that is important for finding a solution but was omitted by Dunne in his "documentary". If you can manipulate your life to be fully supported by the government, all your time is available to (a) earn an illegal additional income to live a very comfortable life or (b) contribute nothing and do whatever you want. The more people who participate, the better off they all are. Why would anyone who is living this life want to change it? You cannot force people to rehabilitate themselves. Charity only fuels this fire.

“Dan IS the Man”

Since: May 12

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#35 Sep 28, 2013
Awesome_Steve_Monkey wrote:
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You know, Film Grad, I sincerely hope and wish that this movie will encourage non-profit rehabilitation. It is true that I find this film to be unethical and bias - despite my reservations, Sean Dunne went ahead and made it anyway. I guess I can accept the consequences of being known to his audience as a pathetic drug addict because I live in Wyoming County. Who is this audience, anyway? Honestly, I think I don't care.
The movie exists and I don't want to even imagine what sorts of people are actually viewing it - film makers, it seems. I was too proud to pay to see it, so I viewed it during a brief posting by a vigilante. I didn't imagine myself as "stealing" it until after the deed - I immediately felt guilty and so I purchased it to be fair. Dunne used his abilities to transform our grief into a product and I viewed his product - I felt obligated to compensate him - I don't always like capitalism, but when I play the game, I follow the rules. I didn't HAVE to see what he is showing everyone else about us - but I felt defenseless to combat being judged by outsiders without knowing what they think they know about me. I can imagine that YOU have the wrong idea about our reality because you believe the "truth" that Dunne has delivered to you.
The movie wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined it would be - I cried. That is Dunne's skill, to make me care and experience the emotions of people I don't know. I wasn't surprised that I genuinely don't know about 95% of the participants - the "drug scene" exists, I admit it, but since I am not a part of it, I can only view it through a righteous window - I saw living conditions and lifestyles that I could only imagine existed right under my nose. But to what purpose? To educate people? To encourage non-profit rehabilitation? He didn't mention those things. I think it was to pry the hard earned dollars from my pocket, and damn it! He did. That's success, I guess, for a film-maker.
And so, I accept that the movie is of some use educationally - it could bring awareness and non-profit support from all around the world - anything is possible, right?*sigh* I only wish our solutions where so simple and swift. I'm not holding my breath, Film Grad.
Here is the logic behind the lives of the people interviewed living drug addicted lives - the logic that is important for finding a solution but was omitted by Dunne in his "documentary". If you can manipulate your life to be fully supported by the government, all your time is available to (a) earn an illegal additional income to live a very comfortable life or (b) contribute nothing and do whatever you want. The more people who participate, the better off they all are. Why would anyone who is living this life want to change it? You cannot force people to rehabilitate themselves. Charity only fuels this fire.
Now that the film has been out how are things in southern WV? Has there been any changes for the better or the worse?

Since: Jul 12

Oceana, WV

#36 Sep 29, 2013
Long Night Moon 13 wrote:
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Now that the film has been out how are things in southern WV? Has there been any changes for the better or the worse?
There have been no real changes in Wyoming County that I know of - although, I like to imagine that people are being rehabilitated and are taking on the responsibility THEMSELVES - the only true way to overcome drug addiction.

This film HAS drawn some attention from locals and there was a "town meeting" last May that addressed the film and our drug troubles, but I do not know of any positive results from it or anyone who has since made any more efforts to organize or accomplish any set goals. I apologize to anyone who's efforts I am overlooking - if anyone IS trying to rally support for some non-profit rehabilitation, they need to make their efforts more well-known.

What we DO have is: all the same programs in place to combat these problems that have existed long before "Oxyana" was made (although not mentioned in the movie) that have fought long and unsuccessfully to eliminate the conditions that would lead people to choose an illegal drug involved life. I will list some, but it supports my theory that these are not problems that are being solved with charity:

US Government - Just like every other US community, our citizens are eligible to receive support through government programs and our Dept. of Health and Human Resources has no shortage of programs that are designed to not only support low-income families, but to train and encourage individuals to work towards being self-supported. Despite the positive intentions, the programs are abused and manipulated through fraud so that they actually SUPPORT our drug community rather than eliminate it.

NA - Narcotics Anonymous. Here is a nation-wide, non-profit, completely free way for any person to receive guidance and moral support to stop doing drugs. There are meetings at 7 pm each Friday evening at the Oceana Public Library. I had trouble verifying this info because it seems to be poorly advertised and promoted - I haven't even been able to find a brochure describing the program. I am only recently noticing that this is a valid, under-used resource - but, well, there it is and its been there all along.

Police - I see the police all over the place, all the time. There are complaints that the police force is corrupt and inefficient - I can only have faith that our law enforcement is doing the best it can in the face of discouraging odds.

Churches - Many of our local churches have out-reach programs designed to attract drug addicts, people have served jail terms, people who have lost their homes or family members, people in need. You'll find brochures and information about them on the counters of every pharmacy and doctor's office.

Children's Education and Health - The programs available to take responsibility for our kids' nutrition and educational opportunities are too numerous to begin to list. The ironic aspect to this sort of charity is that those 20-30 yr. old citizens who took advantage of what was offered to them would later use their knowledge and skills to support and improve some OTHER place where reasonable job opportunities are more available for young professionals. Right, Film Grad?

The movie, "Oxyana" would have you believe that we need to be made aware of our drug problem so we can fix it. OK, Dunne, we're aware now - what other programs do we need to provide to everyone unconditionally for free that will end a long tradition of living comfortably under the radar of the law?

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