Elaine McMillion Sheldon is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker.
She is the director of two Netflix Original Documentaries - "Heroin(e)" and "Recovery Boys" - that explore America's opioid crisis.
"Heroin(e)" was nominated for a 2018 Academy Award and won the 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Documentary.
In 2013, she released "Hollow," an interactive documentary that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of West Virginians. Hollow received a Peabody, Emmy nomination and 3rd Prize in the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards.
Sheldon has appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Anthony Bourdain's CNN Show Parts Unknown and Meet The Press with Chuck Todd. She was recently named a 2018 USA Fellow by United States Artists, one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine and one of "50 People Changing The South" by Southern Living Magazine. In 2016, Chicken & Egg Pictures awarded her with the inaugural "Breakthrough Filmmaker" award.
She's a founding member of All Y'all Southern Documentary Collective. She has been commissioned by Frontline PBS, The Center for Investigative Reporting, The New York Times Op-Docs, TEDWomen, Field of Vision, and The Bitter Southerner.
2017 SF Film
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
6/2018: The New York Times
2/2018: Business Insider
2/2018: Vanity Fair
1/2018: Moveable Fest
11/2017: The New Republic
11/2017: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
11/2017: NPR 1A
11/2017: Think Progress
11/2017: The Washington Post's "The Lily"
11/2017: The Hollywood Reporter
10/2017: MSNBC Meet The Press Daily
10/2017: Lens Scratch, The States Project
9/2017: Mother Jones
9/2017: Los Angeles Times
12/2015: Kickstarter Creators Hangout
3/2015: Filmmaker Magazine
1/2015: Meet Your Maker: StoryBench
1/2015: Columbia University
7/2014: KALW (San Fransisco Public Radio)
7/2014: WMMT Mountain Talk (Radio)
9/2013: Filmmaker Magazine
9/2013: PBS MediaShift
11/2013: Southern Glossary
3/2013: Filmmaker Magazine
AWARDS & HONORS:
2018 USA Fellow
2018 Peabody Nomination: Heroin(e)
2018 Academy Award Nomination: Heroin(e)
2018 Cinema Eye Award Nomination: Heroin(e)
2016 ADC Young Gun
2016 Chicken & Egg's Breakthrough Filmmaker Award
2015 AIR New Voices Scholars
2014 World Press Photo Award 3rd Prize
2014 Emmy Nominee: Hollow
2013 Peabody Award: Hollow
2013 Fellow at Future of Storytelling
2013 Filmmaker Magazine’s: 25 New Faces of Independent Film