Though they arrived three decades apart, these two 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.

“Young at Heart”: Co-directed by metro Detroiters Sue Marx and Pamela Conn, “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.

“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.

‘Young at Heart’
YEAR 1987
RUN TIME 29 minutes
DIRECTED BY Sue Marx, Pamela Conn
‘Edith + Eddie’
YEAR 2017
RUN TIME 29 minutes
DIRECTED BY Laura Checkoway