DOCUMENTARY (Programs A/B) Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2018

February 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
​As always, these are the longest program, and are divided up into two sections, A and B.  We play them in reverse order from one night to the next, so if you can only catch a few at a time, you can come back the next night to catch the rest, without having to stay up until 9:30 on a school night.  It’s just something we do to make your movie-going experience a little more reasonable.  ​Oh, and of course you only have to pay once!  This year’s crop is pretty great, and slightly less of a drag than last year’s.
PROGRAM A (Running Time: 102 minutes)
     Traffic Stop – 
Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, USA, 30 minutes – In June 2015, a 26-year-old African-American elementary school teacher named Breaion King was pulled over by a white police officer for a routine traffic stop. The incident escalated into a violent arrest, followed by a conversation about race in America between King and another white officer while he drove her to the station.
     Edith + Eddie  Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wright, USA, 29 minutes – 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 – Frank Stiefel, USA, 40 minutes –  Mindy Alper is a tortured and brilliant 56 year old artist who is represented by one of Los Angeles’ top galleries. Acute anxiety, mental disorder and devastating depression have caused her to be committed to mental institutions undergo electro shock therapy and survive a 10 year period without the ability to speak. Her hyper self awareness has allowed her to produce a lifelong body of work that expresses her emotional state with powerful psychological precision. Through interviews, reenactments, the building of an eight and a half foot papier-mache’ bust of her beloved psychiatrist, and examining drawings made from the time she was a child, we learn how she has emerged from darkness and isolation to a life that includes love, trust and support.
PROGRAM B (Running Time: 82 minutes)
     Heroin(e) – Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon, USA, 39 minutes – Huntington, West Virginia, known as the overdose capital of America, sees an average of five to seven deaths from drug overdoses every day. Three women — a fire chief, a drug court judge and the head of an outreach ministry — are attempting to take back their community by using compassion to break the cycle of despair and addiction.
     Knife Skills – Thomas Lennon, USA, 40 minutes –  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? “Knife Skills” follows the hectic launch of Edwins restaurant in Cleveland. These men and women all have something to prove, and all struggle to launch new lives, an endeavor as pressured and perilous as the ambitious restaurant launch of which they are a part.