The Overnighters | 2014

Directed by: Jesse Moss

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Main Plot

Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.


  • Jay Reinke is a central character in the documentary "The Overnighters" and serves as a pastor helping oil workers find shelter.
  • Andrea Reinke is a character in the documentary film "The Overnighters." She plays the role of a local newspaper reporter.
  • Alan Mezo is a real-life character and the lead pastor in the documentary film The Overnighters. He helps support and house job-seeking migrants in North Dakota.


In the conclusion of "The Overnighters," tensions escalate as the truth about Pastor Jay Reinke's past is revealed, causing his reputation to crumble. The community turns against him, with some demanding his resignation. Despite the backlash, Reinke continues to help the overnighters until he is forced to step down from his position. In a heartbreaking twist, he is also asked to leave his own church. Reinke's journey highlights the complexities of compassion, forgiveness, and the consequences of one's actions. The film ends with a sense of unresolved questions, leaving viewers to reflect on the moral dilemmas presented throughout.

Jesse Moss