2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary Program A

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The Coolidge is proud to present the Oscar Shorts showcasing the 2018 nominees in the Documentary category.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017 program offers viewers the rare opportunity to experience the year’s best short films from across the globe, collected together in this special cinematic showcase courtesy of Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures. The 90th Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 4.

Program A

Traffic Stop - dir. Kate Davis, USA, 31 minutes

Featuring footage caught on a dashcam, Traffic Stop tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas whose routine traffic violation quickly escalated into a dramatic arrest at the hands of a white police officer.

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 - dir. 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 depression and mental disorder. 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 that eloquently express her emotional state. 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 support.

Edith + Eddie - dirs. Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wrights, USA, 29 minutes

Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.


"Invariably, Oscar-nominated documentary shorts focus on discouraging social problems and injustices. This year is no exception. The nominees examine elder abuse, mental illness, the opioid plague, prison recidivism, and police brutality. These are issues that provoke reflection and discussion, but the individuals and their stories stir up empathy and emotion." — Peter Keough, The Boston Globe