Crowdfunding and Filmmaking: Now We Can All Play a Role

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in crowdfunding | 2 Comments

Last Sunday’s Academy Awards marked a milestone in fundraising history when “Inocente” became the first crowdfunded film to take home an Oscar.

397063_245473145533181_299109129_nWinner of the Best Documentary Short category, “Inocente” follows a 15-year-old homeless girl who dreams of becoming an artist. You may recall seeing her – filmmakers Sean and Andrea Fine brought her up to the stage, too, when they accepted the award and thanked her for letting them share her story.

Kickstarter enabled the Fines to raise $52,527 to help with the film’s expenses. Two other crowdfunded films, “Kings Point” and “Buzkashi Boys,” were also nominated for Oscars.

All very exciting for those of us who love to see people with great ideas go on to make those dreams a reality. Even more exciting when we actually know the people – or know the people who know the people.

Such is the case with my dear friend and colleague Laura K, one of the promotional pros behind “Finding Kim,” a documentary that follows along as Kim, at age 50, finally takes steps to feel right within his body.


Filmmaker Aaron Bear is Laura’s brother-in-law, and he plans to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter to help fund the film.

While I don’t know Aaron or Kim, I do know Laura. And for a small amount of money I can support something she believes in – and something that will make a positive difference for everyone involved and everyone who will be inspired by Kim’s story.

And this time next year, when Aaron asks Kim to accompany him on stage as he accepts his own Academy Award, then I’ll feel like I’ve helped make a little bit of history, too.


  1. Kim Dogluv
    March 5, 2013

    thanks so much for including us in your blog!

  2. Mary Thorsby
    March 5, 2013

    Kim, you are very welcome! I”m happy to help support such an important film — one that will benefit so many people. Eager to track the documentary’s progress! Good luck!


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