VIFF 2015: Deep Time goes beyond an environmental-protest film

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      Deep Time (USA)  

      Director Noah Hutton brings a surprising amount of visual flair to his subject: an oil boom’s impact on a North Dakota farming community. You’ll love the way he edits together impressions gathered over several years—close-ups of ancient unearthed fossils, aerial shots of the changing landscape, street signs heralding the arrival of stripper wrestling and Subway, interviews with long-time residents, tours through pop-up tract housing, and moments spent with the local aboriginal tribe. What he achieves, helped by a driving doomsday score, goes beyond a mere environmental-protest film and feels more like an epic end-time poem.

      Vancity, October 2 (9:30 p.m.)