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“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405″ takes Oscar for best documentary short

Frank Stiefel’s Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 was named Best Documentary Short at the 90thth Academy Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 4). The doc features 56-year-old ...
March 4, 2018

Frank Stiefel’s Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 was named Best Documentary Short at the 90thth Academy Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 4).

The doc features 56-year-old artist Mindy Alper, who has spent nearly all of her life battling depression and anxiety, using medication, electroconvulsive therapy and psychiatry to help.

The doc aims to show how Alper has used art as an outlet. Through her work, interviews, reenanactments, and the construction of an eight-and-a-half foot bust of her pyschiatrist (pictured), Heaven is a Traffic Jam shows how Alper used the tools at her disposal to work through her mental trials.

Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 had its world premiere at the 2016 Austin Film Festival, where it was the recipient of an Audience Award and the Jury Award for Documentary Short.

Other nominees for the best documentary short, first announced in late January, included:

EDITH+EDDIE
Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wright

HEROIN(E)
Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon

KNIFE SKILLS
Thomas Lennon

TRAFFIC STOP
Kate Davis and David Heilbroner

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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