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Stanford filmmaker earns Oscar nomination for documentary

'White Earth' explores North Dakota's oil boom through unexpected eyes

When J. Christian Jensen set out for North Dakota to film his Stanford thesis project about the state's booming oil trade, he wasn't expecting the 20-minute piece to garner awards buzz.

Yet that's exactly what happened.

In June, Jensen won a silver medal from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Academy Awards for his film, "White Earth." Now, the film has been nominated for an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category.

"It's definitely a surreal experience to be nominated for an Oscar," the soft-spoken Jensen said during a phone interview with the Weekly.

Continue reading Jensen's story here.

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