Elaine McMillion Sheldon is a Peabody award-winning documentary filmmaker based in West Virginia. Her work explores universal stories of identity, roots, survival and resilience. Sheldon is the director of "Heroin(e)" a Netflix Original Documentary short that follows three women fighting the opioid crisis in Huntington, West Virginia. elainemcmillionsheldon.com
With A Knowing Intimacy, Sheldon reflects on how LA Times described her work with a "knowing intimacy," and this shared quality among her and the work of West Virginia based photographers Rebecca Kiger, Meg Elizabeth Ward and Lisa Elmaleh. "The things that are left unsaid inform the work in a huge way," said Sheldon. "Whether that's our relationship with others, nature, or ourselves. The knowledge we have, that is not often shared on the surface, is the undercurrent that makes our work just that, ours." The photographs will be on view through April 13, 2018 in room 1020. Sheldon's film "Heroin(e)" will be shown in the Downtown Campus Library on March 8 at 6:30 pm, followed by a panel discussion with the artists about documenting the lives of women, in celebration of Women's History Month.
Hollow is a web-based interactive documentary and participatory project that examines the issues facing residents of McDowell county, WV. It won a Peabody award in 2013 and was nominated for an Emmy in 2014. Visitors to the exhibit can view Hollow and contribute their own words and photos to the project. The Libraries licensed and archived Hollow and plan to make extra footage available to students and researchers; it can be viewed at hollowdocumentary.com .
This exhibit will run from May 23, 2016 through June 30, 2017