Facing Fear, Documentary by Bay Area Filmmaker, Nominated for Oscar

By Cheryl Hurd
|  Friday, Jan 17, 2014  |  Updated 5:17 PM PDT
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A Bay Area filmmaker is close to reaching a dream of winning an Oscar. Facing Fear, a 23-minute documentary produced and directed by Jason Cohen has been nominated for the award. Cheryl Hurd reports.

A Bay Area filmmaker is close to reaching a dream of winning an Oscar. Facing Fear, a 23-minute documentary produced and directed by Jason Cohen has been nominated for the award. Cheryl Hurd reports.

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A Bay Area filmmaker is close to reaching a dream of winning an Oscar.

Facing Fear, a 23-minute documentary produced and directed by Jason Cohen has been nominated for the Best Documentary Short award.

"We're honored," Cohen said. "It's not something that was ever on our radar -- not why we made the film."

The filmmaker said the documentary is themed on forgiveness and is about a former Neo Nazi who had beaten a homeless teenager and let him dead on the street.

Cohen said he made the film because it was a story that needed to be told.

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Facing Fear was shot in Los Angeles, but everything else was produced at Zaentz Media Center in Berkeley.

"It's a Bay Area film," Cohen said. "We're happy we can take a Bay Area film down to LA to the Oscars."

For more information, visit www.facingfearmovie.com.

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