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Life After Oscar: Documentary filmmaker T.J. Martin

"Undefeated"

Documentary filmmaker T.J. Martin won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2012 for his film “Undefeated,” which follows a high school football team from Memphis. The film chronicles the life of underprivileged teenagers on and off the field.  Martin says that having Oscar on his mantel hasn’t changed his life. ” I’m not flying to Tahiti,” says Martin, but winning  Oscar does help him get meetings. “In a …

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Life After Oscar: Children’s book author and animator William Joyce

"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore"

Children’s book author and animator William Joyce talks to KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez about his life after winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. “Making movies is the hardest thing in the world, making animated movies is twice as hard,” Joyce says. He says that taking home Oscar has opened many doors for him, and made him happy. “I’ll be smiling until the …

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Life After Oscar: Documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Production still from "Saving Face." (L-R) Zenub, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Daniel Junge
Photo Credit: Asad Faruqi/ HBO

Last year Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won a Best Documentary Short Film Oscar for her film “Saving Face,” which focused on the plight of two Pakistani women attacked with acid and their subsequent quest for justice. It was the first Academy Award in Pakistan’s history. “I’ve locked it in my house and we’re looking for a secure place to store it,” says Obaid-Chinoy.  She says that taking home …

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Life After Oscar: Editor Kirk Baxter

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Film editor Kirk Baxter has a good gig going. He works almost exclusively with in-demand director David Fincher.  Baxter co-won Oscars for “The Social Network” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” with partner Angus Wall. Taking home the last two Best Editing Academy Awards hasn’t changed his professional life all that much, but when it comes to life outside the editing room, that’s …

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