Los Angeles, CA (August 31, 2017) – On the heels of an Academy-Award for “The White Helmets” and nomination for “Extremis,” Netflix announced today its Fall slate of original documentary shorts to premiere at this year’s Telluride Film Festival.
“Heroin(e),” making its world premiere, focuses on the once bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia that has become the epicenter of America’s modern opioid epidemic. With an overdose rate 10 times the national average, the crisis threatens to tear this community apart. West Virginia native Sheldon highlights three women working to change the town’s narrative and break the devastating cycle of drug abuse one person at a time. “Heroin(e)” shows how the chain of compassion holds one town together. The Netflix original documentary short, by Peabody award-winning filmmaker, Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Hollow), will launch on Sept. 12.
Also making its’ world premiere, “Long Shot,” an improbable story where justice prevails with a series of events that could only happen in Hollywood. An innocent man is accused of murder, leading his dedicated attorney on a wild chase to confirm his alibi among thousands of people in a baseball stadium. To tell the whole story, the search would lead him from the LA Dodgers, to a cellphone tower, to the office of the entertainer Larry David. On the night in question, television cameras happened to be positioned throughout the stadium, and captured a story of remarkable circumstance. Directed by Jacob LaMendola (“Anosmia”), Long Shot launches Sept. 29
Previously announced “Resurface,” winner of a special jury mention at the Tribeca Film Festival, will launch globally on Sept. 1. Struggling with trauma and depression after his military service, Iraq war veteran Bobby Lane wanted to cross surfing off his bucket list before taking his own life. He had no idea that one wave could save him. “Resurface” is directed by Joshua Izenberg (Slomo) and Wynn Padula.
“We are delighted to provide a global platform to a particularly innovative and distinct form of filmmaking, original documentary shorts, which requires a very keen eye and skilled editing,” said Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentaries. “Elaine and Jacob have each crafted deeply emotional, impactful stories which will certainly shock, move and inspire viewers around the world.”