Elaine McMillion Sheldon is a Peabody award-winning documentary filmmaker, visual journalist and media artist who brings classic expertise to intimate and character-driven storytelling experiences. Her work explores the themes of identity, roots and survival, through a timeless lens.
In 2013, she released HOLLOW an interactive documentary that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of Appalachians. Hollow received a 2013 Peabody, 2014 Emmy nomination and 3rd Prize in the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards. She’s also the co-producer of "The Lower 9," a feature-length documentary about The Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
She is the co-creator of She Does, a bi-weekly audio documentary series that documents creative women’s journeys. She Does won a 2016 Communicator Award of Excellence from The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.
In January 2016, Chicken & Egg Pictures awarded her with the inaugural "Breakthrough Filmmaker" award. Sheldon was a 2013 Future of Storytelling Fellow, and named one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in 2013 by Filmmaker Magazine and one of "50 People Changing The South" in 2015 by Southern Living Magazine.
Sheldon is available for producing and editing audio and video content, as well as non-linear productions including cross-platform consulting, storytelling workshops and training, content strategy and photography.
She serves on the WVU Media Innovation advisory board, Looking at Appalachia video and advisory board and is currently in-production on several documentary projects supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures. She's a founding member of All Y'all Southern Documentary Collective.
You can enroll in Sheldon's filmmaking class on Skillshare.
2016 IFP Spotlight on Documentaries
2016 Points North Pitch at Camden International Film Festival
2015 Ford Foundation: Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund Celebration
2015 Doc Forum at Center for Doc Studies (Duke University)
2015 Portland Museum of Art
2015 True/False Film Festival Story Arcade
2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
2014 American Museum of Natural History: Margaret Mead Festival
2014 Visions Du Reel i_docs workshop: Nyon, Switzerland
2014 Appalachian Studies Conference
2013 & 2014 Camden International Film Festival: Points North Doc Forum
2013 New York Film Festival: Convergence
2013 IFP Conference at The Lincoln Center
2013 Future of Storytelling: Story Arcade Exhibit
AWARDS & HONORS:
2016 Communicator Award of Excellence from The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for "She Does" Podcast
2016 Chicken & Egg's Breakthrough Filmmaker Award
2015 AIR New Voices Scholars
2014 3rd Prize for the World Press Photo Interactive Documentary Award
2014 Emmy Nominee in New Approaches for Documentary
2013 Peabody Award
2013 Fellow at Future of Storytelling
2013 Filmmaker Magazine’s: 25 New Faces of Independent Film
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
The Bitter Southerner
Humanity (iPad Magazine)
International Red Cross
Charleston Daily Mail
Magnum Photography Foundation
Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies
MFA, Visual & Media Art: Emerson College
BS, News Editorial Journalism: WVU
4/2016: Soul of Athens
12/2015: Kickstarter Creators Hangout
3/2015: Filmmaker Magazine
3/2015: Civic Media Project (MIT)
1/2015: Meet Your Maker: StoryBench
1/2015: Columbia University
9/2014: Kill Screen
7/2014: KALW (San Fransisco Public Radio)
7/2014: WMMT Mountain Talk (Radio)
3/2014: Little White Lies
9/2013: Filmmaker Magazine
9/2013: PBS MediaShift
11/2013: Southern Glossary
3/2013: Filmmaker Magazine