Kickstarter Documentaries on the Oscar Shortlist
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There are a total of five (!) Kickstarter-funded films on the Oscar shortlist for Documentary Feature. It's an incredible array of films on a variety of subjects, and we couldn't be prouder to see them all noted this way. Watch the trailers for each below.
Vivian Maier is one of America's greatest street photographers. Her work, which seemed to be destined for obscurity, was rediscovered after her archives were purchased in an auction. From there, the story just gets more interesting. This documentary examines Maier's work and place in the American photo canon.
The Internet's Own Boy is about Aaron Swartz, internet pioneer and activist. It follows Swartz from his teenage years, through to his involvement with RSS and Reddit, as well as his political advocacy and untimely death. It's also a film about the future of information on the internet.
Keep On Keepin' On is a story about music and inspiration: 91-year-old Clark Terry, who played with Duke Ellington and mentored Miles Davis (among many others), is passing his torch on to his last student, a blind piano prodigy named Justin Kauflin.
Citizen Koch is a film about money, power, and politics. It's a journalistic story to shed some light on the huge influence of the billionaire Koch brothers, and their presence in the world of politics, entertainment, and beyond.
Art and Craft is the fascinating tale of America's most prolific art forger, Mark Landis, whose enormous talent has been secret for years — until he is discovered by a collector and made to confront his decades-spanning legacy.