An Oscar for Yael Melamede
Inocente Izucar, a homeless teenager, "has managed to produce distinctive, vibrant paintings" despite moving "more than 30 times in nine years." Now also she also has an Oscar to her name.
Izucar is the subject of Inocente, which won an Academy Award for documentary short last night, and which was produced by Yael Melamede '88, '93MArch.
Melamede is no novice: she also coproduced My Architect, the Oscar-nominated 2003 documentary by Nathaniel Kahn ’85 about his father, architect Louis Kahn. (Architecture runs in her family: her mother and uncle designed the Israeli Supreme Court.) But to finance Inocente, she and her production company, Salty Features (cofounded with fellow Yalie Eva Kolodner ’92) turned to the crowdsourcing website Kickstarter.
Other Yalies who pulled down Oscar nominations this year (but didn't win) include Bruce Cohen ’83, coproducer of Silver Linings Playbook, and Amy Ziering, coproducer of the feature documentary The Invisible War. Ziering did graduate work in comparative literature at Yale and made a previous film about Deconstructionist guru Jacques Derrida.