LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday its 10 contenders in the Documentary Short Subject field, with one of the films regarding efforts to combat heroin addiction in Huntington.
“Heroin(e)” was released in September on Netflix with the help of The Center for Investigative Reporting. The 39-minute documentary, directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon, highlights the work of Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader, Cabell County Family Court Judge Patricia Keller and Necia Freeman of Brown Bag Ministries in dealing with the city’s heroin epidemic.
Sheldon, who lives in Charleston, said in September she admired the work of the subjects and thought their lives would be a worth highlighting in a film.
“I just hope this story helps people grasp onto the daily grind and the impact that this crisis is having on the individual level,” she said.
The academy will narrow the 10 films down to five nominations that will be eligible to earn an Oscar. The nominations will be announced Jan. 23, and the Oscars be held March 4.