Selected Press Coverage:
The Hollywood Reporter - Cher on 'Edith+Eddie': "They Were Not Treated Like People"
BBC Radio - A love story disrupted by a family feud
Selected Press Quotes:
"Impressive... Checkoway's film has a span that reaches far beyond the family devastation onscreen."
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"The best of this year's Oscar-nominated shorts... 30 minutes of intense love and pain."
– Charlie Phillips, The Guardian
"A poignant look at elder abuse."
– Lucina Fisher, abcNEWS
"A moving portrait... It's the most intimate movie in the lineup, and all the better for it."
– Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times: "Review: The Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts"
"EDITH+EDDIE at first seems just a warm-hearted story, but the situation gets more complicated and tragic... Checkoway vividly shows the power and depth of their love."
– Peter Keough, The Boston Globe
"[Checkoway's] heartrending and delicate story is about how the aged, and particularly those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's, are ignored in decisions that affect their own quality of life."
– Richard Whittaker, The Austin Chronicle
"A terrific documentary... After you watch this it's like – wait a minute, I have to call my mother and grandmother more often than I do today. It's the first thing you end up feeling."
– Chuck Todd, Meet the Press ; "Elder caregiving law comes into focus with Edith and Eddie"
"EDITH+EDDIE starts out feeling like an inspirational story. A black woman and white man find each other, and love, in their mid-90s. But as the couple is separated due to a legal battle, what could have been a life-affirming hug turns into something darker: an indictment of the elder-care system, with racial undertones."
— Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
"The most powerful nonfiction short I saw in 2017... The picture may only run thirty minutes, but its impact lands like a shattering sucker-punch."
– Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com
"A Romeo and Juliet tale featuring a 96 year-old heroine and 95 year-old hero, America's oldest interracial newlyweds... a cautionary tale about elder abuse."
– James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Finely crafted... offers harrowing illuminations of terrible injustice"
– William Bibbiani, The Wrap
"Checkoway depicts their bond of love in every frame whether this couple is together or apart, but also gives us a glimpse into the unavoidable failure of authority."
– Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage
"Gives a new meaning to the phrase 'a love story for the ages'... Director Laura Checkoway captures both the sweet and tragic moments with empathy and heart."
– Kiko Martinez, San Antonio Current
– Michael O'Sullivan, The Kansas City Star
"One of the finest observational documentaries of the year. What starts as a sweet and tender portrayal of elderly interracial love transforms into a damning cry against institutionalized elder abuse."
– Thomas Grimshaw, London Short Film Festival Programmer
"The best feature and best short award winners both represent unlikely love stories, each one tender, tragic and ultimately life-affirming. Dina and Edith+Eddie are both distinguished by their unforgettable lead characters and their sensitive elicitation of universal truths."
– Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director - International Documentary Association; Variety
"'Edith+Eddie' is a heart-tugger about a bi-racial elderly couple struggling to stay together."
– Anne Thompson, IndieWire's "2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Short"
"Edith+Eddie is a cautionary tale for our new era of economic want and callous self-interest."
–Marilyn Ferdinand, Ferdy On Films
"All of the things we look for in a film... challenging, universal... a gift of love and compassion."
– Paul Booth, Talking Pictures
"Most impressive perhaps, Laura Checkoway's intense and moving EDITH+EDDIE...Gripping the viewer for the duration and building something genuinely beautiful out of tragedy."
– Matt Turner, Shooting People
"In just half an hour, EDITH+EDDIE captures so much about love, aging and infirmity–and speak volumes about America's issues with elder care and guardianship."
– Norman Wilner, Now Toronto
"As wrenching as EDITH+EDDIE becomes, it still resonates most immediately as an intimate portrait of two people whose company you will come to prize as much as they clearly do each other’s...[Checkoway's] ability to give voice to those without a platform and her insights into a broken system purely through their personal stories has made her a truly exciting filmmaker to watch."
— Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest
"Devastating... It is the mix of incredible access and a willingness to embrace a story’s shrewdly synthesized structure, running the gamut from unbelievable fantasy to unbearable nightmare, that yields an extraordinarily memorable work of nonfiction that stands among the festival’s best."
— Jordan M. Smith, NonFics.com at True/False 2017
"A more heartbreaking film might not be seen this weekend [at AFI DOCS]... bring tissues."
– Eric Althoff, The Washington Times
"This film will pull at the heartstrings while striking a flame within the audience."
— Lidia Moore, Vox Magazine
"Capturing the beauty of a pure love unfazed, at least by the people inside it, by race or age."
— Aarik Danielson, Columbia Tribune
"Pound for pound, this is one of the great films of the year...a lovingly told story done right, EDITH+EDDIE is a ride on the best kind of emotional rollercoaster."
— Paul Sturtz, True/False Co-Conspirator
"One of the most beautiful and quietly furious films I have ever seen."
-Julia Reichert, director of A LION IN THE HOUSE