'Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405' focuses on artist's fight against depression

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Mindy Alper among her sculptures. (Photo by Grant Mudford)

The short film “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405” is nominated for an Oscar this year. It follows 56-year-old artist Mindy Alper, who’s spent many years fighting depression and anxiety. Drawing and sculpture have been her most effective outlets. She can see beauty in unexpected places, like the 405 freeway.