Watch Edith+Eddie now as part of the Meet the Press Film Festival

Edith+Eddie by director Laura Checkoway is now available to stream on NBCNews.com, following its dual screenings at the Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI on November 13. The screenings were followed by Q&A's with both Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator of "Meet the Press" and Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent. The film will stream for two weeks beginning November 13th and concluding November 27th. Watch it HERE. The film is nominated for the International Documentary Association's Best Short Award, and members can vote for the film through December 3rd. Vote here. Continued

In memory of Martha Haley

It is with great sadness we share the news of the passing of Martha Haley, featured in our 2008 film In the Family. Martha fought triple negative breast cancer three times, and lived to watch all three of her children go onto have children of their own. She devoted herself to educating other African American women about BRCA genetic testing and was a tireless advocate for better treatment options for women of color. When Martha's cancer returned during the course of filming, she worked as a hospital volunteer fitting mastectomy patients for prosthetic breast inserts––despite being let go from her job as a breast clinic worker and losing her own medical coverage. Continued

Abacus earns Best Political Documentary at 2017 Critics' Choice Awards

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by director Steve James earned the Critics' Choice Award for Best Political Documentary last night at the 2017 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards. Producers Julie Goldman and Chris Clements accepted the award on the film's behalf. Members of the Sung family, who were also nominated for Most Compelling Living Subjects, were present at the ceremonies as well. The film garnered three Critics' Choice Award nominations including Best Documentary, Best Political Documentary and Most Compelling Living Subjects. Continued

Edith+Eddie nominated for IDA's Best Short Award

Edith+Eddie by Laura Checkoway is one of six nominees for the International Documentary Association's Best Short Award. This is one of numerous prestigious wins for the short, following its recent selection as a recipient of an AFI DOCS Impact Grant, in addition to earning Outstanding Documentary Short at the Tallgrass Film Festival. The film recently had its Chicago premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival to a sold-out crowd. On November 13 the film will screen as an official selection of the Meet the Press Film Festival in collaboration with the American Film Institute (AFI). Continued

In honor of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month - The Homestretch Flash Sale

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, an opportunity for organizations and individuals around the country to spread the word about youth homelessness. To amplify discussions about the challenges young people experiencing homelessness face, and to enrich dialogue about how we can support them, The Homestretch team is championing 3 initiatives that will help spread the word. 50% Off Consumer DVDs of The Homestretch Continued

Edith+Eddie earns AFI DOC Impact Grant; wins at #Tallgrass15

Edith+Eddie by Laura Checkoway has been announced as one of four recipients of an AFI DOCS Impact Grant awarded by NBCUniversal. The grant is intended to fund outreach and social action campaigns for the winning documentaries. In more Edith+Eddie news, the film took home another award this past weekend at the Tallgrass Film Festival, earning Outstanding Documentary Short. The film Chicago premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival on Sunday, October 22 to a sold-out crowd. Continued

'63 Boycott world premieres this weekend; Edith+Eddie has Chicago premiere!

54 years in the making, '63 Boycott world premieres this weekend at the Chicago International Film Festival on October 22 at 3:30PM, alongside Kartemquin short Edith+Eddie's Chicago premiere, in a program entitled Can't Turn Back at the fest. Tickets available for purchase here. The film, the story of the ongoing struggle for racial equity in Chicago Public Schools spanning from the historic 1963 Chicago Public School boycott to the present, will have its world premiere on the 54th anniversary of the boycott. Filmmakers Rachel Dickson, Tracye A. Matthews and Gordon Quinn as well as the film's subjects will be in attendance. Continued

Edith+Eddie official selection of the Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI

The Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration with the American Film Institute (AFI) announced its full slate of official selections––including Edith+Eddie by Laura Checkoway. The inaugural film festival includes 16 short-length political documentaries by filmmakers across the country. Film screenings will be organized under seven issues and followed by Q&A's with the respective filmmakers and an NBC News correspondent. Continued

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