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Documentary about homeless 15 year old artist wins first Oscar for a crowdfunded film
February 26, 2013 12:11 AM   Subscribe

A documentary about homeless teen Inocente Izucar wins the first Oscar ever awarded to a film financed in part through Kickstarter. Link is to her personal site, with a trailer video about her life.
posted by carolinaherrera (9 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Interesting! I had not heard about this at all. Independent blurb, Wiki (stub).

As a chronic writer of grammatically obtuse FPPs, maybe not my place, but perhaps a mod could rewrite some of this? At first I wasn't sure whether it was the first crowdfunded film ever, the girl's first crowdfunded film, or a crowdfunded Oscar.
posted by 23 at 12:21 AM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


I don't know, it seems clear enough to me, and your additional links should remove all ambiguity, 23. That said, I'll edit it if carolinaherrera wants but I'm just as happy leaving the post as is.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:35 AM on February 26, 2013


I personally found it ambiguous but the additional links did clear it up. I'd support a rewrite nonetheless, as I initially thought the teen had directed the movie.

This is cool.
posted by solarion at 1:13 AM on February 26, 2013


Feel free to edit as needed, and sorry for the confusing grammar! Would hate for the thread to get derailed for that reason.
posted by carolinaherrera at 1:16 AM on February 26, 2013


Okay edited, I hope this clears things up. This is the Kickstarter page by the way, it has a bit more info.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:33 AM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Three films nominated for Oscars this year were funded on Kickstarter.
posted by dobbs at 5:36 AM on February 26, 2013


Most of the movie projects I've seen on Kickstarter are really preorders of mostly finished movies. Kickstarter taking credit for a movie that already went to film festivals seems a bit odd.
posted by smackfu at 5:38 AM on February 26, 2013


There's less difference between a never-produced and almost-finished movie than there is between an almost-finished movie and a finished movie.

The Kickstarter round is unlikely to have occurred without some initial work already having been done, usually funded out of pocket or through traditional channels. Most Kickstarter donors are not active in the documentary film scene, so they need to see footage before they're willing to put up money.

Ultimately, funding is funding, and that Kickstarter can help get movies from almost-done to shipped is, itself, pretty remarkable.
posted by ardgedee at 5:53 AM on February 26, 2013


There's less difference between a never-produced and almost-finished movie than there is between an almost-finished movie and a finished movie.

Can you explain this further? It seems like a heck of a lot more work to create and edit a movie to the point of submitting to film festivals than "to pay deferred costs and to complete final deliverables" as on this Kickstarter.

I can see it more in the pre-digital days, where the final steps were very expensive.
posted by smackfu at 6:15 AM on February 26, 2013


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