• Director: Cynthia Wade
  • Category: Documentary film
    2007, USA, 40 min

Lieutenant Laurel Hester is dying. All she wants to do is leave her pension benefits to her life partner - Stacie, so Stacie can afford to keep their house. Laurel is told no; they are not husband and wife. After spending a lifetime fighting for justice for other people, Laurel - a veteran New Jersey detective - launches a final battle for justice. Knuckle-biting, dramatic Freeheld chronicles a dying policewoman's bitter fight to provide for the love of her life.


  • 2008 Academy Awards: Oscar Best Short Documentary
  • 2007 Boston Independent Film Festival: Audience Award, Short Film
  • 2007 LA Outfest: Audience Award, Documentary Short
  • 2007 New York L & G Film Festival: Best Documentary Short
  • 2007 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival: Festival Prize: Best Documentary, Audience Award: Favourite Documentary
  • 2007 Seattle International Film Festival: Short Film Jury Award
  • 2007 Sundance Film Festival: Short Filmmaking Special Jury Prize