Two GBF short films nominated for National Emmy Awards

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences named two collaborative projects from Glassbreaker Films as finalists for the 39th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Both short films were produced through our 2016-2017 initiative at The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Co-produced with Netflix, “Heroin(e)” earned a nod in the outstanding short documentary category. Directed by Peabody Award-winning grantee, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, the film examines the opioid epidemic’s impact on Huntington, West Virginia, by tracing the paths of three women who are working to break the cycle of drug abuse. Sheldon also received a nomination for the film at the 90th Academy Awards in March.

Before Prison, a short film that was part of part of a larger project called Locked Up (produced through partnership with CIR and The Frontier) was nominated for outstanding new approaches: arts, lifestyle and culture. The project, reported by Ziva Branstetter and Allison Herrera, dug into the toll of high incarceration rates for women in Oklahoma: The state locks up women at more than twice the national average. The short film was directed and produced by grantees, Olivia Loomis Merrion and Emily Harger during their filmmaker in residence program led by senior producer, Aubrey Aden-Buie. 

Congrats to all nominees! The News & Documentary Emmy Awards presentation will be held on Oct. 1 at the Time Warner Center in New York.

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