- Associated Press - Sunday, February 24, 2013

The begging and scraping that goes into getting a film financed is rarely mentioned among the glamour and triumph of the Academy Awards.

Not so with the short documentary “Inocente,” which became the first Kickstarter-funded film to win an Oscar.

Co-directors Andrea Nix and Sean Fine praised the crowd-funding website to reporters backstage. They said it helped them generate community involvement as well as dollars.

Nearly 300 people donated $52,000 through the site to fund the documentary chronicling the life of a homeless teenager in San Diego.

“It’s a great new outlet for films, and especially for documentary films,” Fine said.

Kickstarter has more famously raised $160,000 for the forthcoming film “The Canyons,” starring Lindsay Lohan.

The day the website makes a cameo in a tearful acceptance speech can’t be far behind.

_ Hannah Dreier _ Twitter https://twitter.com/hannahdreier

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