Magazine article Variety

10 Kickstarter-Backed Productions You Should Check Out

Magazine article Variety

10 Kickstarter-Backed Productions You Should Check Out

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This 42-minute pic about a 15-yearold homeless San Diego girl who pursues her art was the first Kickstarter-backed film to win an Academy Award. After raising more than $52,000 last year, the film went on to win the 2013 Oscar for Documentary Short.


A nominee for 2013's Short Film (Live Action) Oscar, the pic is a coming-of-age drama shot on location in Afghanistan. Two best friends, a blacksmith's son and an orphan living on the streets, dream of winning a popular and unusual polo match that uses a dead goat instead of a ball.


While it lost to Inocente, Kings Point also earned a nomination for Documentary Short from the Academy in 2013. The film tells the story of six seniors living in a retirement community of 15,000 - where no one under 55 is allowed - blending humor with the growing sense of isolation these long-time residents experience.


One of the first Kickstarter-backed films to receive an Academy Award nom. the pic also won the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival prize for Documentary Short. The film explores a 2007 incident during the Iraq war, when an American helicopter attack killed two Reuters journalists, along with a group of mostly unarmed civilians, on the streets of Baghdad.


Kickstarted under the name Uncle America, this documentary about Rocky Braat and his work with AIDS orphans in Chennai, India, won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. …

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