Documentary 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Program A)
About the Film:
Ends Thursday, March 8.
Edith+Eddie (29 min.)
Director: Laura Checkoway
Producers: Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wright
Synopsis: Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud
that threatens to tear the couple apart.
Heaven Is A Traffic Jam on the 405 (40 min.)
Director: Frank Stiefel
Producer: Frank Stiefel
Synopsis: This is a portrait of a brilliant 56 year old artist who is represented by one of Los Angeles’ top galleries. Her body of raw,
emotional work reveals a lifetime of depression and mental disorder. Mindy Alper has suffered through electro shock therapy,
multiple commitments to mental institutions and a 10-year period without speech. Her only consistent means of communicating has
been to channel her hyper self-awareness into drawings and sculpture of powerful psychological clarity that eloquently express her
emotional state. Through an examination of her work, interviews, reenactments, the building of an eight and a half foot
papier-mache’ bust of her beloved psychiatrist, we learn how she has emerged from a life of darkness and isolation to a life that
includes love, trust and support.
Traffic Stop (31 min.)
Director: Kate Davis
Producer: David Heilbroner
Synopsis: This HBO Documentary film tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American schoolteacher from Austin, TX
who was stopped for a routine traffic violation that escalates into a harrowing arrest. As captured on several squad-car dashcams, King
is seen pulled from her car by the arresting officer, who repeatedly throws her to the ground before handcuffing her. En route to jail
in a squad car she engages in a revealing conversation with another officer about race and law enforcement in America.
The documentary juxtaposes raw footage of the incident with scenes from King’s everyday routines, offering a vivid portrait of a
woman whose life is turned upside down by a traumatic arrest.