Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts
Fri & Sat February 16 & 17
Sun February 18
Fri March 2
Note to parents: consider the documentary shorts to be rated R for violence, drug abuse, language.
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 USA/40MINS/2017
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.
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 HEROIN(E) shows how the chain of compassion
holds one town together.
KNIFE SKILLS USA/40MINS/2017
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?
TRAFFIC STOP USA/31MINS/2018
Director: Kate Davis
Synopsis: Featuring footage caught on a dashcam, TRAFFIC STOP tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American
school teacher from Austin, Texas whose routine traffic violation quickly escalated into a dramatic arrest at the hands of a white police
To see a trailer and read a review, visit InternationalFilmSeries.com.