Documentary 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Program B)
About the Film:
Ends Thursday, March 8.
Heroin(e) (39 min.)
Director: Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Producer: Kerrin Sheldon
Synopsis: Once a bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia has become the epicenter of America’s modern opioid epidemic,
with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. This flood of heroin now threatens this Appalachian city with a cycle of
generational addiction, lawlessness, and poverty. But within this distressed landscape, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Elaine
McMillion Sheldon (Hollow) shows a different side of the fight against drugs -- one of hope. Sheldon highlights three women working
to change the town’s narrative and break the devastating cycle of drug abuse one person at a time. Fire Chief Jan Rader spends the
majority of her days reviving those who have overdosed; Judge Patricia Keller presides over drug court, handing down empathy along
with orders; and Necia Freeman of Brown Bag Ministry feeds meals to the women selling their bodies for drugs. As America’s opioid
crisis threatens to tear communities apart, the Netflix original short documentary HEROIN6E7 shows how the chain of compassion
holds one town together.
Knife Skills (40 min.)
Director: Thomas Lennon
Producer: Thomas Lennon
Synopsis: What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of
prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade?