85th Academy Awards Nominations
Inocente [WON OSCAR: BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT]
Two Kickstarter-funded films are nominated for Academy Awards this year. Kings Point, a film about six seniors living in a retirement community of 15,000 people and Inocente, the story of a 15-year-old homeless girl who refuses to give up her dream of becoming an artist, were both nominated in the Best Documentary Short Subject category.
Inocente is an intensely personal coming of age feature documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years.
Color is her personal revolution and its extraordinary sweep on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past – a past punctuated by a father deported for domestic abuse and an endless shuffle, year after year, through the city’s overcrowded homeless shelters and the constant threat of deportation.
Told entirely in her words, and incorporating animation of her own design, we come to Inocente’s story as she realizes her life is at a turning point, and for the first time, she decides to take control of her own destiny. Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America – children.
From Team Kings Point on Kickstarter: "Kings Point is a documentary film that profiles six residents who have lived, for over 20 years, in a retirement community that has over 15,000 people in it. The stories of these long-time residents, in what is essentially a small age-segregated city (you have to be over 55 to live there), highlight the struggles of aging in a community comprised entirely of your peers, virtually cut off from children and grandchildren, who often live thousands of miles away.
Kings Point will offer a moving and often humorous look at this uniquely American phenomenon, exposing the often grim reality that lies beneath the sunny promise of an active retirement lifestyle".