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WVU Reed College of Media alumna nominated for an Academy Award

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WVU alumna Elaine McMillion is nominated for an Oscar for her documentary “Heroin(e),” the story of three Huntington women on the frontlines of fighting the opioid epidemic.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — An Oscar nomination won’t entice Elaine McMillion Sheldon and her husband, Kerrin, away from their passion: telling the stories of their home state of West Virginia in hopes of bringing attention, and solutions, to its problems – especially opioid addiction.

The couple has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject for their film, “Heroin(e),” which follows three women in Huntington as they fight the opioid epidemic and try to make a change in their community.

“We’re so honored and humbled by this news,” Elaine Sheldon, a 2009 graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor’s of science in journalism, said.

“’Heroin(e)’ examines an epidemic that many communities are struggling with, so for this topic to have captured the attention of the Academy means so much us, as filmmakers, and to those on the front lines.

“As native West Virginians living in the midst of this public health crisis, we believe the stories of these three tenacious and resilient women are what this country needs – a message of hope and survival to show us a way forward.”

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