Edith+Eddie, a film by Laura Checkoway, produced by Thomas Lee Wright, earned the International Documentary Association's (IDA) Best Short Award this past Saturday at the 33rd Annual IDA Documentary Awards in Los Angeles. Dina won the award for Best Feature.
"The best feature and best short award winners both represent unlikely love stories, each one tender, tragic and ultimately life-affirming,” IDA executive director Simon Kilmurry said in a statement. “Dina and Edith+Eddie are both distinguished by their unforgettable lead characters and their sensitive elicitation of universal truths."
“Love everybody, treat everybody right. If you see somebody who needs help, help them.” Laura Checkoway quotes Edith in her acceptance speech for winning the #IDAAwards for Best Short Documentary for EDITH+EDDIE!!! pic.twitter.com/DoE9BEbscv
— Kartemquin Films (@Kartemquin) December 10, 2017
The award follows The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announcement last Tuesday that Edith+Eddie would advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards® along with 9 other films. Read the official announcement here.
The film has also earned a nomination for Cinema Eye Honors' Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking Award. Winners of the Cinema Eye Honors Awards will be announced at the 2018 Honors Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 11 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.
Edith+Eddie is directed, produced and edited by Laura Checkoway; produced by Thomas Lee Wright; co-produced and edited by P. Corwin Lamm; co-produced by Karina Rotenstein; with cinematography by Neil Barrett and John Larson. The film is executive produced by Cher, Steve James, Gordon Quinn and Betsy Steinberg.
Edith+Eddie is now available to watch until January 3rd through Al Jazeera.
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