Elaine McMillion Sheldon
A native West Virginian, Sheldon creates non-fiction experiences about roots, identity and change in Central Appalachia.
Elaine McMillion Sheldon is a Peabody award-winning documentary filmmaker based in West Virginia. Sheldon is the director of the Academy Award-nominated short film "Heroin(e)" a Netflix Original Documentary that follows three women fighting the opioid crisis in Huntington, West Virginia. In 2018, she premiered her feature-length documentary “Recovery Boys” at Hot Docs. In 2013, she released "Hollow," an interactive documentary that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of West Virginians. Hollow received a Peabody, Emmy nomination and 3rd Prize in the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards. In 2016, Chicken & Egg Pictures awarded her with the inaugural "Breakthrough Filmmaker" award. Sheldon was a 2013 Future of Storytelling Fellow, and named one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine and one of "50 People Changing The South" by Southern Living Magazine. She's a founding member of All Y'all Southern Documentary Collective. She has been commissioned by Frontline PBS, PBS NewsHour, Center for Investigative Reporting, New York Times Op-Docs, TEDWomen, People Magazine, Lifetime, Field of Vision, Mashable, The Washington Post, and The Bitter Southerner.
She was recently named a 2018 USA Fellow by United States Artists.
A native Floridian and decades-long resident of New Orleans, McKinnon is interested in work that highlights the unique cultures and social issues of the Gulf South.
Darcy McKinnon is a documentary filmmaker and Executive Director of NOVAC, the New Orleans Video Access Center, which has been supporting community-based media in Southeast Louisiana since 1972. She is a co-founder of ALL Y'ALL, with Elaine McMillion Sheldon. McKinnon's work in documentary includes the film "Maquilapolis" and "Live, Nude, Girls, UNITE!". She produces documentary work with Southern filmmakers, and is currently in post-production on "Animals" a short documentary about New Orleans' love affair with a shoe, in production on "Neutral Ground" with CJ Hunt, a documentary about New Orleans' struggle to remove Confederate monuments, in development on "Commuted" with Nailah Jefferson, which explores the impact of Louisiana's criminal justice dysfunctions through the portrait of the life of one woman, which just received development funding from Chicken & Egg.