D: Helen Hood Scheer | USA | 18 min
THE APOTHECARY is a documentary short film about Don Colcord, the beloved druggist in remote former mining town the America Southwest. It’s a hardscrabble place, where the folks who haven’t fled barely eke out a living. One oasis of activity is The Apothecary Shoppe, the sole pharmacy within 4,000 square miles. Don is the owner and 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.
2014 Student Academy Award
Gold Medal Winner, Documentary Short