FREEHELD

A film by Cynthia Wade
2007, 39 minutes
No. 214
Documentary


FREEHELD

$175.00
2008 Academy Award Winner | Best Documentary Short Subject
Cynthia Wade's acclaimed new documentary, Grit, is now available.

Description
Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that her final battle for justice would be for the woman she loved.

Adapted into a major motion picture starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, this landmark documentary chronicles Laurel's struggle to transfer her earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree. With less than six months to live, Laurel refuses to back down when her elected officials - the Ocean County Freeholders - deny her request to leave her pension to Stacie, an automatic option for heterosexual married couples. The film is structured chronologically, following both the escalation of Laurel's battle with the Freeholders and the decline of her health as cancer spreads to her brain.

As Laurel's plight intensifies, it spurs a media frenzy and a passionate advocacy campaign. At the same time, Freeheld captures a quieter, personal story: that of the deep love between Laurel and Stacie as they face the reality of losing each other. Alternating from packed public demonstrations at the county courthouse to quiet, tender moments of Laurel and Stacie at home, "Freeheld" combines tension-filled political drama with personal detail, creating a nuanced study of a grassroots fight for justice.

Festivals
Winner, Best Documentary Short Subject, Academy Awards
Winner, Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival
Nominee, Best Short Documentary, IDA Awards
Nominee, Best Documentary, GLAAD Media Awards

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