Sheldon won a 2013 Peabody Award for her interactive documentary on an Appalachian community in economic freefall. HOLLOW examines the lives of 30 individuals living in McDowell County, West Virginia, an area that is representative of many boom-and-bust areas across the country. HOLLOW also received a 2014 Emmy nomination and 3rd Prize in the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards.
Sheldon’s film and interactive work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, from the NYFF to IDFA. She is the co-creator of She Does, a bi-weekly audio documentary series that documents creative women’s journeys.
Sheldon was a 2013 Future of Storytelling Fellow. She was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2013 by Filmmaker Magazine and one of “50 People Changing The South” in 2015 by Southern Living magazine. She works across platforms and mediums — film, photo, audio, interactive media — to create storytelling experiences.
The Illuminations Digital Humanities Series is sponsored by the Humanities Center, the University Libraries, and the ORE Scholarly Projects Fund. Each year, the series invites thinkers, scholars, and technologists in the digital humanities to share their work and wisdom with the greater DH and digital scholarship community. View upcoming speakers at http://www.lib.utk.edu/scholar/dh/speakers/.