An eerie trailer released Monday offers a peek at a documentary charting the tension between the residents of Leith, North Dakota and the white supremacists who moved in with the goal of starting an all-white enclave.
“In May of 2012, an outsider named Craig Cobb moved in and started buying up property,” a description of the film read. “He accumulated twelve plots of land, some empty, some with houses in various states of disrepair. People figured he’d moved in to be close to the Bakken oil fields some 70 miles north. Turns out he was a notorious wspahite separatist who was plotting a takeover of the city government. Shortly after his plans were unveiled, a family of fellow white separatists moved in to start fixing up his properties.”
Brooklyn-based filmmakers Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker, who described the documentary as a “short film offering a glimpse into a town struggling for sovereignty against one man’s extremist vision,” filmed the skirmishes between Cobb and Leith residents leading up to his arrest for allegedly threatening his neighbors with guns.
The filmmakers were still looking for funds to complete the project.
Watch the trailer below: