The Apothecary (Short)

Director: Helen Hood Scheer
Year: 2013
Running Time: 17 minutes

In an impoverished former mining town in the American Southwest, the one oasis of activity is The Apothecary Shoppe — the sole pharmacy within 4,000 square miles. Don is the druggist and he gamely occupies multiple roles as surrogate doctor, life counselor and community benefactor. His sanguine public persona, however, belies a long-suffered private pain for which there is no drug, no cure and no relief. Thematically, The Apothecary explores notions of individual duty and obligation in the face of privately held grief and ambivalence.

Festival screenings include: DOC NYC, Hot Docs, AspenShorts Fest, Sarasota Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston, and more.
2014 – Winner, Student Academy Award for Best Documentary (Gold medal)
2014 – Winner, CINE Golden Eagle (Student Division)
2014 – Special Jury Recognition Award, Aspen ShortsFest (CO)
2014 – Special Audience Recognition Award, Aspen ShortsFest (CO)
2014 – Best Documentary Short, Arizona International Film Festival (AZ)
2014 – Jury Award for Best Documentary Short, Durango Independent Film Festival (CO)
2014 – Jury 1st Place Award, Black Maria Film + Video Festival (traveling showcase)