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Not Yet Rated In Theaters 07/2/2007 , 38min.
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Plot & Details

A terminally ill New Jersey police officer struggles against city council's decision to deny the transfer of her pension to her domestic partner in documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade's earnest look at one woman's fight for equal rights in the land of the free. Veteran lieutenant Laurel Hester is a police officer who has dedicated 25 years of her life to serving the community. Upon learning that she has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, Hester seeks to provide for longtime partner, Stacie Andree, by transferring her pension. A wrinkle arises in Hester's plan, however, when the elected officials of New Jersey county ("The Freeholders") deny Hester's humble request. Without transfer of the funds, Andree will lose the home that the couple has spent their lives building together. Now, as their friends and neighbors rally around in support of the couple, Hester is forced to spend her final days not simply enjoying the company of the one she holds dearest, but racing against the clock to ensure that the love of her life won't be destitute due to a broken and biased system.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Documentary Short Subject Cynthia Wade Won
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Documentary Short Subject Vanessa Roth Won

Chicago International Documentary Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Chicago International Documentary Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

International Documentary Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 International Documentary Association IDA Short Documentary Award Nominated

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Silverdocs Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Silverdocs Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Sundance Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Jury: Special Jury Prize Won
2007 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Jury: Speical Jury Prize Won

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