Heroin(e) wins Emmy for outstanding short documentary
Congratulations to director and GBF grantee, Elaine McMillion Sheldon!!
On Monday, Sheldon’s film, “Heroin(e),” won an Emmy Award for outstanding short documentary at the National News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York, NY.
The film, directed by Elaine and produced by Kerrin Sheldon, is a story of three women battling the opioid epidemic in West Virginia, specifically in Huntington, a city with an overdose rate 10 times the national average.
The Netflix original documentary was co-produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting and Requisite Media. It was part of CIR’s Glassbreaker Films initiative, funded by the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation, which supported women in documentary filmmaking and investigative journalism. The film was nominated for an Academy Award earlier this year.
Heroin(e) was nominated alongside entries from PBS FRONTLINE, NBC and The New York Times, as well as a second Netflix submission, “Long Shot.”
“Heroin(e)” is available globally on Netflix.
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#HeroineNetflix won outstanding short doc Thanks so much to The Academy. Thanks to Amanda Pike and The Center for Investigative Reporting for supporting in-depth journalism. Thank you to Jason, Zana and Lisa at Netflix for giving short documentaries the audience they deserve. Thank you to my husband, DP and producer Kerrin Sheldon - And Our Families Our editor Kristen Nutile and composer Daniel Hart. — We mostly want to thank the three strong, Appalachian women featured in Heroin(e) - who are showing what it takes to fight the opioid crisis. Fire Chief Jan Rader for her fortitude on the front lines. Necia Freeman for her compassion to serve. and Judge Patricia Keller for understanding that addiction is not a crime. This is for the unsung heroes like them all across the country - our first responders and those in longterm recovery - and those who are still suffering from substance use disorder.