Free screening of Academy Award-nominated 'Heroin(e)' Thursday at UC

The University of Charleston hosts a free screening of the documentary "Heroin(e)" at 7 p.m. Thursday. The film is nominated for an Academy Award. (MGN Online)

Here is a chance to see an Academy Award-nominated movie that focuses on Huntington and the nation’s opioid epidemic and hear from its cast.

The cast of “Heroin(e)” will participate in a panel discussion following a free screening that will be shown 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Geary Auditorium at the University of Charleston, according to information on the university’s website. West Virginia nation Elaine McMillion Sheldon, the director and producer of the film, will moderate the discussion.

“Heroin(e)” is nominated for an Oscar in the Documentary Short category.

The 39-minute documentary focuses on three women who are working to change the town’s narrative and break the cycle of opioid abuse in Huntington. It features Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader, Necia Freeman, who runs a brown bag ministry, and drug court Judge Patricia Keller.

Eyewitness News previously talked to several of the women featured in the documentary.

Sheldon, the director and producer of the film, grew up in Logan County and went to South Charleston High School before pursuing a career as an independent filmmaker.

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