Local Oscar contender: A film made by a Wenatchee High School graduate has sparked serious interest from the Motion Picture Academy. Two songs from the documentary video, “Spark: A Burning Man Story,” have been picked for a short list of contenders for the Best Original Song Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards. “Spark” was co-directed and produced by Steve Brown, a 1983 Wenatchee High School grad and the son of Wenatchee doctor Jim Brown. Steve Brown arranged a special showing of the 90-minute documentary at Liberty Theater last July.
The two songs, “Let It Go,” written and performed by Michael Franti and Spearhead, and “We Ride,” by Missy Higgins, were created specifically for the annual Burning Man event in Nevada and for Brown’s movie. The songs were among 75 listed as contenders for the award. The Motion Picture Academy will soon narrow the field down to five nominees from which one will be picked for the Academy Award at the Oscars event March 2.