Short Film of the Day: ‘Edith+Eddie’

March 30, 2020

Directed by Laura Checkoway, this 2017 documentary was nominated for best short doc at the Oscars. Though a hundred myriad elements must come together to create a masterpiece, in documentary filmmaking, it often comes down to luck. Unfortunately, the filmmaker’s good luck is often a subject’s bad. Such is the case for Edith+Eddie, an unexpectedly intimate look at newlyweds (a black woman and a white man, both in their 90s) who are fighting to live out their lives together. Imbued with a Harlan County U.S.A. aura of “I can’t believe they filmed that,” this is a doc you won’t soon forget.