OSCAR SHORTS- DOC PROGRAM A

Feb 16, 2018 — Feb 22, 2018

Traffic Stop – Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, USA, 30 minutes

Chronicles the pursuit and arrest an of African-American schoolteacher Breaion King in Austin in 2015.

Edith + Eddie – Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wright, USA, 29 minutes

In 2014, 96-year-old Edith Hill and 95-year-old Eddie Harrison are married, unconcerned that one is African American and the other is white. The newlyweds are forced apart, however, when one of Edith’s daughters, unhappy about the relationship, forces her mother to leave her Virginia home and move to Florida.

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 – Frank Stiefel, USA, 40 minutes

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 extreme depression and anxiety. 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. 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 laughter.