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Their town crushed by a global oil crisis, Briar and her girlfriend Sarah fight to survive, but the arrival of a corrupt oil company seeking to buy up their land threatens to drown them all in the government's rush for oil
When Earl, one of Briar’s younger Riders, goes missing, she must retrace his steps to find what became of him. As she pursues his trail, she discovers that there is something more sinister behind his disappearance.
MEET THE CAST
Briar grew up in a small family in Pahokee, Pennsylvania. Since the global oil crisis, she has become the leader in her household, and a mother-figure to her young half-sister, Sally. She has been secretly dating her classmate Sarah Hammond for several years now. She was a paperboy for her town’s newspaper before the oil crisis, but when locals ran out of gas, she turned her bicycle route into a food delivery service, delivering rations to townspeople for a fee. She calls her business, and the kids who ride with her, the Pahokee Riders.
Sarah and Briar have been dating for over five years; they met working on the same newspaper route before the oil crisis. Sarah with her abusive father and alcoholic stepmother, in a trailer park at the edge of town. She helps out with the Pahokee Riders, but has always had dreams of leaving Pahokee behind and starting a fresh, new life.
Valerie, preferring to go by “Val”, is a territorial sales representative for Vero Oil Company, working on commission. She attempts to make deals with towns and home owners to construct new oil wells to turn a profit. She is currently working with the Pahokee Police Department in order to sway the townspeople in her favor.
Donahue joined the force in his twenty's, in a town called Indian Head, not far from Pahokee, the son of plumber and a grocery store clerk. He and his wife Sadie have been raising their young daughter Ruby in the height of the oil crisis. When Val Simpkins of Vero Oil comes to town, and approaches the chief about a deal between PPD and Vero to provide protection, Alan is excited by the raise in pay, but it doesn’t take long for him to suspect that there is something off about Simpkins and the Vero Oil company.
Briar's younger half-sister, Sally wants desperately for Briar to see her as competent and heroic, the same way Sally sees her. She’s been trying to beg Briar to become a Pahokee Rider for years now, but Briar has always insisted Sally was too young. Now that Sally is about as old as their youngest members, she sees this as her chance to finally prove herself.
Josie grew up in Pahokee, and before the oil crisis, she was a receptionist at a local UrgentCare, providing for her foster family of four. Josie is resentful of Briar and the Pahokee Riders, as well as guilty that she has been unable to find and keep a job to support her family since the crisis, and so when her youngest, Earl, goes missing while on one of Briar's deliveries, she demands Briar's help in tracking down her son.
MEET THE CREW
Jessica is the co-director and co-developer for AFTER OIL. She is currently a film major at the School of Visual Arts, with a focus in directing. She has a passion for all things writing, film, television and theater. You can find her work on platforms like broadwayworld.com, writing recaps for HBO’s Game of Thrones, or The Odyssey writing up pop-culture retrospectives. You can follow Jessica at @Jessicanaftaly on Twitter or on Facebook as Jessica Naftaly.
is the co-director and writer for AFTER OIL. Born and raised in Upstate New York, Shailyn is a novelist, screenwriter, and film major at the School of Visual Arts. If you can't find her perusing used bookstores, or buying up games in a Steam sale that she likely won't ever play, you might be able to find her doing something productive, like revising a feature, producing content for her YouTube channel, or writing blog posts for her website, shailyncotten.com. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.
is the producer for AFTER OIL and a recent graduate from the School of Visual Arts' Film and Video directing program. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Documentary Award from the Dusty Film Festival, for her incredible documentary Tomasa, detailing the lives of the workers on a matriarchal farm collective in Argentina. You can find her as Juana Hodari on Facebook.
Alejandro Cortés is a Mexican director and cinematographer based in New York City. He is currently a senior student of the BFA Film & Video program at the School of Visual Arts. Since 2013, Alejandro has been involved in 71 productions, and Director of Photography in 18 occasions. His experience in narrative led him to to work as 1st Assistant Cameraman for Emmy award-winner Greg Harriott in the independent feature film “The Passing Season”. He was also 1st Assistant Cameraman in “Boyz”, a TV pilot produced and co-directed by multiple Emmy and DGA award-winner Christopher Goutman. He has additionally been a part of more commercial work for companies such as Gap, Xbox One, and The Broadway Fashion Report. Ready to take his work to the next level, this summer Alejandro will be Director of Photography in the feature film “And the Boys Go”, produced by Matt Hoff and Daniel Ennab. You can find Alejandro on his Instagram.
is the First Assistant Camera for AFTER OIL. A Colombian filmmaker, some of Nicolas' professional inspirations include Terrance Malik, Michael Moore, Emmanuel Lubezki and David Fincher.
is the Second Assistant Camera for AFTER OIL. Paula is a young screenwriter, photographer and filmmaker born and raised in Dominican Republic. On August 2014, she moved on her own to New York City in order to pursue her filmmaking studies at the School of Visual Arts. Driven by a key interest in directing and cinematography, Paula is constantly working on film productions and sets, including as 2nd Assistant Camera in a TV pilot episode produced by multiple Emmy and DGA award-winner Christopher Goutman, and as Production Designer in indie feature film The Passing Season by Gabriel Long. Her awards include 1st Place in Black and White Photography for Dominican Republic’s annual FUNGLODE competition in 2013, and the Silas H. Rhode Scholarship granted by the School of Visual Arts.
is the Script Supervisor for AFTER OIL. She is specializing in post sound production. Born in California and raised in Indianapolis, she now lives in New York. She studies film at the School of Visual Arts.
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