International Affairs: #1 "Kony 2012"

Dylan Stableford
KONY 2012
Jason Russell, maker of viral documentary "Kony 2012" on Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony, was found wandering naked in March during a psychotic episode apparently brought on by criticism of the film. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Few stories in 2012 were as weird as the meteoric rise and fall of Jason Russell, the 33-year-old filmmaker behind "Kony 2012," the megaviral 30-minute documentary on Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony. The film became an unprecedented Internet sensation, racking up more than 80 million views and bringing again to light the dire situation of child soldiers.

In March, a week after its release, Russell was detained and subsequently hospitalized after police found him naked and incoherent in his San Diego neighborhood. His wife blamed the meltdown on "exhaustion, dehydration, malnutrition and stress" brought on by criticism of the film.

Russell later told Oprah it was "an out-of-body experience ... it really wasn't me."