There were three crowdfunded films up for an Academy Award last night and one of them came home with an Oscar: Inocente won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short. Crowdfunding on Kickstarter the project raised $52,527 on a goal of $50,000.
The team behind Inocente are, Sean and Andrea Fine of Fine Films. They are Academy-Award nominated directors who have been directing and producing documentaries for the last decade for both theater and broadcast outlets. Their film War/Dance won several awards including 2 Emmys and the 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.
Yael Melamede co-founded the independent film production company Salty Features in 2003 to make feature films that showcase unique vision, strong storytelling, and thought-provoking subject matter. Her films include Small Beautifully Moving Parts, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and the Academy Award-nominated documentary, My Architect.
Albie Hecht and Susan MacLaury – an Academy Award-nominated husband and wife team – are the co-founders and driving force behind the non-profit production company Shine Global and Emmy winners for its first film, WAR DANCE. Albie is the former president of entertainment for Nickelodeon and Spike TV where he produced television shows and films such as The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Susan is the Executive Director of Shine Global and directs the outreach and education efforts for its films. Shine Global is dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of children through films that raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change.
Emmanuel Michael is the president of Unison Films and was recently honored as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “10 Moviemakers Making A Difference,” having produced nine feature films including Eagle vs. Shark, The Elephant King, and BOY.
Congratulations on winning this Award!
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