Elaine McMillion Sheldon

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Elaine McMillion Sheldon is an Appalachian-based filmmaker who explores challenges in American society and its effects on people. She is the director of Recovery Boys and the Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning Heroin(e), which both explore America’s opioid crisis. She was named a 2021 Livingston Award Finalist, 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, 2018 USA Fellow by United States Artists, one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine, and received the Breakthrough Filmmaker Award from Chicken & Egg Pictures.


Tutwiler (2020)
Coal’s Deadly Dust (2019)
Recovery Boys (2018)
Heroin(e) (2017)
West Virginia Still Home (2013)


King Coal

The central Appalachian region, associated with coal mining, shapes local life. Elaine McMillion Sheldon's documentary weaves the past and present myths of this unique region. "King Coal" poetically explores the transformation of this environment, dominated by wild beauty and mysterious stories.