WHO: Elaine McMillion Sheldon is a Peabody award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist that documents contemporary cultural, social and political issues. Sheldon’s film and interactive work has been screened and exhibited nationally and internationally, from the New York Film Festival to the American Museum of Natural History. She is the co-creator of She Does, a bi-weekly audio documentary series that documents creative women’s journeys. Her most recent project, HOLLOW, is an interactive documentary that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of Appalachians. Hollow received a 2013 Peabody, 2014 Emmy nomination and 3rd Prize in the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards. In 2013, Filmmaker Magazine named Sheldon one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film. In addition to producing linear stories, Sheldon is a content strategist and interactive storyteller that works with companies to reach audiences across platforms. She is available for speaking, consulting, workshops and freelance videography. You can license her content for commercial use on Story & Heart. Contact: requisitemedia (at) gmail (dot) com


HOLLOW: Interactive documentary (director & producer)

Disaster Resilience Journal (story curator)

Humanity (cinematography & editing)

New York Times’ Op-Docs: West Virginia Still Home, For Seamus, The Marijuana Divide

NEWS: WV Water Crisis

She Does Podcast (producer & co-host)

XENO Productions (associate producer & assistant cinematography)


2015 named one of “50 People Changing the South” by Southern Living Magazine

2014 3rd Prize for the World Press Photo Interactive Documentary Award

2014 One of West Virginia’s Wonder Women

2014 Emmy Nominee in New Approaches for Documentary

2014 ONA Excellence & Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling award

2014 Webby Awards: “Web Community” honoree

2014 Digital First Media Award for WV Water Crisis coverage

2013 Peabody Award

2013 Fellow at Future of Storytelling

2013 Filmmaker Magazine’s: 25 New Faces of Independent Film

2013 Finalist for the DocLab Storytelling Award at International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam


2015 Portland Museum of Art

2015 True/False Film Festival Story Arcade

2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

2014 American Museum of Natural History: Margaret Mead Festival

2014 Magnum Photography Foundation: PhotoEx Symposium

2014 Visions Du Reel i_docs workshop: Nyon, Switzerland

2014 i-Docs Conference: Bristol, United Kingdom

2014 Woodstock Digital Media Festival

2014 Appalachian Studies Conference

2014 Festival du Nouveu Cinema: Montreal, Canada

2013 & 2014 Camden International Film Festival: Points North Doc Forum

2013 New York Film Festival: Convergence

2013 IFP Conference at The Lincoln Center

2013 Future of Storytelling: Story Arcade Exhibit


3/2015: Filmmaker Magazine

3/2015: Civic Media Project (MIT)

1/2015: Meet Your Maker: StoryBench

1/2015: International Journalists’ Network

1/2015: Columbia University

3/2014: Little White Lies

3/2014: IgniteMe

9/2013: POV

9/2013: Filmmaker Magazine

9/2013: PBS MediaShift

11/2013: Southern Glossary

2013: Participatory Documentary Process

3/2013: Filmmaker Magazine

12/2012: CollabDocs


MFA, Visual & Media Art: Emerson College

BS, News Editorial Journalism: WVU