June 26, 2017 9:01 am
The 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest jury has awarded Laura Checkoway's Edith+Eddie with the prize for Best Documentary. The film will receive a cash award of $2,000 and becomes automatically eligible to submit to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration. An additional screening of Edith+Eddie has been scheduled for 4pm today at the Camelot Theaters in the "Best of Fest" program: get tickets here. The Palm Springs ShortFest jury members were David Ansen (film critic/PSIFF Lead Programmer), Lindsey Bahr (Associated Press), Kate Bosworth (actress/producer), Ian Durkin (Vimeo), Sam Lansky (Time Magazine) and Heidi Zwicker (Sundance). Read about all the Palm Springs ShortFest winners. Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud over legal guardianship that threatens their happiness and health. The film had previously won the Audience Award at Montclair Film Festival, and received a Jury Honorable Mention at Sheffield Doc/Fest. It has also screened at True/False, Hot Docs, and AFI DOCS (where it was the only short selected to participate in the AFI DOCS Impact Lab). Out of Sheffield Doc/Fest, Matt Turner of Shooting People called the film "most impressive... intense and moving... achieving intimacy without feeling invasive... gripping the viewer for the duration and building something genuinely beautiful out of tragedy." Find out more about Edith+Eddie at www.editheddie.com.