It was a dream come true. For filmmakers Andrea Nix Fine ’91 and Sean Fine, perhaps. For Professor of English Phyllis Mannocchi, definitely. “My dream has been that, before I died, I’d see a kid from my class win an Oscar,” said Mannocchi, who taught Andrea Nix in a documentary filmmaking class Nix’s senior year.

Inocente, the 2013 winner in the category best documentary short subject, documents the life of a 15-year-old homeless girl in San Diego with a passion for art and a seemingly unbreakable spirit.

Upon winning, the Fines brought Inocente Izucar on stage. “Most of all we want to thank this young lady,” Sean Fine said.

Inocente has also received awards at six festivals. The film will be screened at Colby as part of the student-organized SHOUT! week on Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m in the Pugh Center, Cotter Union.

Nix Fine advises aspiring filmmakers to do what she did, which was to dig into as many different academic areas as possible and to concentrate on improving her writing. “Be able to articulate your ideas and express yourself, because if you can’t do that, no one’s going to make your movie,” Nix Fine told Colby magazine in 2008, after her film War/Dance was nominated for an Oscar.

For more on Inocente, listen to this interview with Sean Fine on NPR. For more about Nix Fine, see the 2008 Colby magazine story