IN PROGRESS: "reScue Breath"

In the heart of the opioid epidemic, a group of young men attempt to rebuild their lives after years of abuse, poverty, and drug use. “Rescue Breath” showcases the struggle, strength, and determination that it takes to overcome addiction - and lays bare the internal conflict of recovery.

Chosen for IFP Spotlight on Documentaries and BritDoc Good Pitch NYC.

 


DOCUMENTARY SHORTS


For decades, the Navy base known as Sugar Grove Station provided jobs and a sense of stability for the residents of Sugar Grove, West Virginia. Now, it’s being auctioned off to the highest bidder. As their mainstay fades away, members of the community consider the "Upper Base” of the former Navy post, where an NSA listening post remains operational—and sealed off from the rest of the town.

What do Trump's economic promises to the coal industry mean to voters in West Virginia? Twelve thousand mining jobs have disappeared in the state over the last few years -- and 70 percent of the vote went to Trump.

THE EXPERIENCE OF TIME

This short film, which premiered at the TEDWomen 2016 conference, explores the history of humans' complicated relationship with time, deconstructs our obsession with controlling it, and contemplates how to be more mindful of this valuable resource. 

Tiffany Noé wanders the early-morning streets of Little Haiti in Miami. She’s north of Miami’s business downtown and across the bay from the neon lights and spring break parties on Miami Beach. Here, the streets are quiet, with some local residents popping out to say hello as Ms. Noé walks by. She’s searching for something that not many people take to the streets of north Miami to find: food.

WEST VIRGINIA, STILL HOME

New York Times Op-Docs


LOST TO DEATH

DIE LIONFISH

Mashable 

Serious hunting to eliminate a beautiful, but venomous, species rapidly taking over the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The only way to get rid of the invaders is if the greatest predator of all - humans - kill the lionfish before they wreak more havoc.

Directed & Edited by Kerrin Sheldon. Cinematography by Elaine Sheldon & Kerrin Sheldon

The lionfish have invaded your plate, and they're delicious. Ryan Chadwick currently owns three restaurants, a vodka brand and a nightclub, and these days he is trying to make a business out of an environmental problem. Chadwick is serving lionfish to diners at Norman's Cay, his Caribbean-style restaurant on the Lower East Side in New York.

Directed by Kerrin Sheldon. Cinematography by Elaine Sheldon & Kerrin Sheldon. Edited by Elaine Sheldon

FOR SEAMUS

New York Times Op-Docs

This short film celebrates the life and work of Seamus Heaney, the most famous contemporary poet in Ireland.

Directed & Produced by Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon 

Abandon These Mountains

Nearly 75,000 gathered in the small community of Holden, W.Va. to celebrate Labor Day at The Friends of America Rally. The rally was sponsored by Massey Energy and cost around $1 million to produce. Guests included: Ted Nugent, Sean Hannity and Hank Williams Jr. III Video by Elaine McMillion / Charleston Daily Mail (2010)

In its heyday, Welch, West Virginia was known as “Little New York” and the “nation’s coal bin.” But with a decrease in the demand for coal and miners, the county has lost 80,000 people since 1950. Ed Shepard has owned and operated his service station in Welch for 62 years and has seen his town transform from a bustling city to a ghost town. Despite lack of business, the 89-year-old still opens his store daily. He says his life at the station gives him purpose. 

There Is Hope For The Area

Shawn and Stephanie Penwarden moved from North Carolina to McDowell County, West Virginia over two years ago. Shawn was initially hauling coal, but when his business slowed down they decided to start providing services to the ATV riders on the Hatfield and McCoy trail. The Penwardens run an ATV repair and parts shop and a small restaurant in Northfork, but not without struggle. They have a hard time finding qualified workers and getting the local support needed to integrate their business into the community. 

The Trout Are Beautiful Here

Elkhorn Creek was listed in Field and Stream as being one of the top 10 trout streams in the country. People travel from all over the country and world to fish the stream and get a glimpse at the beautiful rainbow and brown trout. But due to lack of infrastructure in the old coal mining towns, the Elkhorn suffers from pollution like many Appalachian rivers and streams.

Farming Young

Once urban dwellers, some young adults are choosing the farm life over corporate America. The farmers at Wheatland Vegetable Farms in Loudon County, Va., say that while their new job demands hard labor and longer hours, it provides them with a heightened sense of accomplishment and independence. Video by Elaine McMillion / The Washington Post (2009)


VÉRITÉ DOCUMENTARIES


A journey underground with a team of coal miners in McDowell County, West Virginia. 

Basketball at Mount View High School

Hauling Coal

Swim team in Welch, W.Va.

"Country Roads" at church

Learning how to fish

Manuel Collins flatfooting in his home in War, West Virginia. 


NEWS DOCUMENTARIES


THE MARIJUANA DIVIDE

New York Times Op-Docs

In Colorado, two towns near each other have divergent reactions to their state’s legalization of marijuana. 

WEST VIRGINIA WATER CRISIS

Featured on Gawker

West Virginia stands in a state of emergency after a potentially harmful chemical spilled into a local river and contaminated the water supply. And no one knows how long it will last. More than 100,000 customers in the nine counties receiving water from the 1,500-mile affected network were ordered to stop using their water for almost everything.

Almost six days after a chemical leak left 300,000 West Virginians without drinkable tap water, life is slowly starting to return to normal. Most parts of nine counties that received water contaminated by thousands of gallons of a chemical used in the coal industry still can't use their water. But close to 25,000 customers were able to flush unsafe water out of their homes and businesses. 


FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY


The Lower 9 (2011)

The Lower 9: A Story of Home is a documentary showcasing four determined Lower-Ninth-Ward residents who share their most intimate stories of home, as they resume their lives over seven years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged their neighborhood. The individual’s stories find voice in a narrative that intersperses contemporary interviews, abstract cinematography of destruction, and powerful scenes of present-day lives.

Directed by: Matthew Hashiguchi

Co-Directed by: Elaine McMillion Sheldon

Produced by: Matthew Hashiguchi, Elaine McMillion Sheldon

SCREENINGS:

  • Official Selection No/Gloss Film Festival
  • Official Selection Blue Whiskey Film Festival
  • Official Selection Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Official Selection Heartland Film Festival
  • Best Short Documentary Asians on Film Festival Spring 2012
  • Official Selection Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
  • Official Selection Louisville International Festival of Film
  • Official Selection Big Muddy Film Festival 
  • Official Selection Thin Line Film Festival

BRANDED CONTENT & COMMERCIAL WORK


Client: Marriott Canvas

Agency: Xeno Productions

Director & Producer: Kerrin Sheldon

Cinematography: Kerrin Sheldon & Elaine McMillion Sheldon

Creative Post, Colorist: Coat of Arms 

Editor: Elaine McMillion Sheldon

Client: Marriott International 

Agency: Xeno Productions

Director & Producer: Kerrin Sheldon

Cinematography: Kerrin Sheldon, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Stephen Stonestreet

Editing: Kerrin Sheldon

Client: Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa

Agency: XENO Productions

Director, Producer, Cinematographer: Kerrin Sheldon
Producer and Production Coordinator: Elaine McMillion Sheldon