Oscar-winning documentary short funded on Kickstarter, feature inspired by 1997 article

Oscar-winning documentary short Inocente raised more than $50,000 via Kickstarter to help finish the film, while the Oscar-winning feature-length documentary Searching for Sugar Man was inspired by a 1997 magazine article.

Craig Strydom’s article for Directions magazine told the story of his search for Sixto Rodriguez, a folk musician who disappeared from the public eye after the early 1970s. Strydom told the Baltimore Sun, “I knew that I had an incredible story on my hands when I wrote my first piece on the subject, but it took a sensitive director to turn the story into a film.” You can watch it online or on DVD; here’s its trailer:

Inocente was described on its Kickstarter page as “[t]he inspiring story of a 15-year-old homeless and undocumented girl in CA who refuses to give up her dream of being an artist,” and one of its directors, Sean Fine, told The Wall Street Journal, “We were kind of three-quarters done with the film, and we were trying to find more money to make the film, and we decided to do something with Kickstarter with our producers, and it really helped.” Here’s its trailer:

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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