I first became aware of Cynthia Wade and her film making work when I was employed in animal welfare – she was shooting her 2004 award winning documentary Shelter Dogs which played on the HBO Undercover Series. The documentary featured a (major infatuation) colleague and former close friend of mine Sue Sternberg a well known and somewhat controversial figure in animal welfare. Sue showed me some early footage of the documentary when I was staying at her home/shelter in upstate New York.
Later I had dinner with Cynthia in Birmingham as she was screening her film around the country. I was also there to field any questions from the audience after the film that might need the input/expertise of someone working in animal welfare and sheltering.
So a few years later I was thrilled for her when I learned her movie Freeheld was up for an Academy Award for best short documentary and won! I wrote about it here.
This is a description of her film from the website…
Lieutenant Laurel Hester is dying.
All she wants to do is leave her pension benefits to her life partner – Stacie, so Stacie can afford to keep their house. Laurel is told no; they are not husband and wife.
After spending a lifetime fighting for justice for other people, Laurel – a veteran New Jersey detective – launches a battle for justice. Knuckle-biting, dramatic Freeheld chronicles a dying policewoman’s bitter fight to provide for the love of her life.
This Academy Award winning documentary Freeheld is NOW AVAILABLE for purchase – you can click HERE to purchase Freeheld on DVD.
Here is a look at the trailer for the film…