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In Production

For several years, filmmakers Ken Winikur and Ben Avishai have been following an ambitious team of lobbyists trying to change the nature of the conversation about Israel and Mideast policy in Washington. J STREET (the name of both the lobby group and the film) is a young, progressive, pro-Israel advocacy group challenging the establishment and pushing the Obama administration to take a more active role in negotiating a two-state solution. The film is near completion and, as tensions in the Middle East escalate, the project is ripe to start conversations across the country about what it takes to broaden opportunities for peace, what’s at stake for the Jewish community in the US, and how to penetrate a Washington culture long-committed to one vision of what being pro-Israel means. LEF Program Director Sara Archambault checked in on this filmmaking team to find out more about their process and approach to this story. Read the interview here.

News & Announcements

LEF is a proud sponsor of the Independent Film Festival of Boston! See the full lineup here. Congratulations to LEF grantees Lauren Shaw (ANGKOR'S CHILDREN) and Susan Gray & Linda Matchan (CIRCUS WITHOUT BORDERS) who will screen their LEF-funded works at the festival.This will be the World Premiere of CIRCUS WITHOUT BORDERS!

The 2015 IFFB / UMB Filmmakers Summit (April 23-24) includes seven LEF-funded projects that will participate in the Massachusetts Works-in-Progress Competition, including works by LEF grantees Garrett Zevgetis, Margo Guernsey, Ben Pender-Cudlip & Adam Mazo, Kavita Pillay & Sauli Pillay, Daniel Mooney, Liz Canner, and Jeff Silva & Luis Arnias. More info.

Congratulations to LEF grantees Robb Moss and Peter Galison, whose film CONTAINMENT had its world premiere on April 10 at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. More about the film 

The LEF-funded project ONE CUT ONE LIFE by Ed Pincus and Lucia Small will have its theatrical premiere this spring! The film opens May 13 at the IFC Center (NYC), May 15 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre (Boston) and June 12 at the Laemmle Music Hall (LA), with Lucia Small in person for opening weekend in all three cities. More info.

Congratulations to LEF grantees Ben Pender-Cudlip and Adam Mazo, whose film DAWNLAND has been selected as a 2015 Hot Docs Deal Maker Project! More info.

Congratulations to LEF grantee Lauren Shaw, whose film ANGKOR'S CHILDREN won the Platinum Award at the Women' s International Film Festival in Jakarta and also screened at the Annapolis Film Festival in March. Other upcoming screenings: April 19 at the Monadnock Film Festival in Keene, NH, April 24 at the Independent Film Festival Boston, and April 26 at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC and April 26 at the Maison Francaise at NYU. More about the film

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