Freep Film Festival: Edith+Eddie and Young at Heart double feature

Though they arrived three decades apart, these documentary shorts have a remarkable commonality: Both were created by Michigan-connected directors. Both were nominated for Academy Awards. Both deal with love late in life. 

“Edith+Eddie”: Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart. Directed by Ann Arbor native Laura Checkoway, the film was Oscar-nominated in the documentary short category this year. 2017. Directed by Laura Checkoway. 29 minutes.

“Young at Heart”: Co-directed by metro Detroiter Sue Marx, “Young at Heart” follows two widowed metro Detroit artists in their mid-eighties who meet on a painting trip and fall in love. In 1988, it won the documentary short Academy Award. 1987. Directed by Sue Marx and Pamela Conn. 29 minutes.

The fifth annual Freep Film Festival arrives April 11-15 at a variety of venues centered in greater downtown Detroit. Full schedule, links to buy tickets and more at freepfilmfestival.com.