HEROIN(E) - A Netflix Original Documentary
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.
Directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Produced by Kerrin Sheldon, Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Executive Produced by: Jason Spingarn-Koff Zana Lawrence Lisa Nishimura (Netflix)
Executive Produced by: Amanda Pike Christa Scharfenberg (CIR)
Cinematography by Kerrin Sheldon
Edited by Kristen Nutile
Music by Daniel Hart
GREAT BIG STORY: Fly Fishing in Glacial Rivers
You may never master the skill, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the flow. Layer up, pack your rod and hit the icy streams with fly fisherman Stanji Ben. A Great Big Story by Kerrin Sheldon and Gaston Blanchet.
MASHABLE: INVASION OF THE LIONFISH, PART 2
The Lionfish is an invasive species in the Caribbean and it's eating its way through the native species at an alarming rate. With Elaine, I directed this three-part series for Mashable that showcases the researchers, hunters, and restaurant owners that are combating the invasion. The above video showcases the "Spearfisherman of The Florida Keys" Eric Billips as he takes on the invasive species in one of the region's lionfish derbies.
THE STATE OF MOUNTAINS, DRONE
I love operating drones and have owned a couple in my day. Here's a short fall foliage clip to show how the new professional-grade drone (DJI's X5) captures a pretty sweet image.
ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL (With Jennifer Pharr Davis)
Jennifer Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company. She holds the women's world record for fastest hike on the Appalachian Trail and held the overall record for four years, hiking the trail in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes. Jennifer has thru-hiked the trail three times (two of which were record setters) and continues to hike in her native North Carolina mountains while running her outdoor business, Blue Ridge Hiking Company.
For more about Jennifer, go here: blueridgehikingco.com
FOR SEAMUS, NYTIMES OP-DOC
This short film celebrates the life and work of Seamus Heaney, the most famous contemporary poet in Ireland.
By Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon