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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

The LEF Foundation is excited to announce 6 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $30,000 in pre-production support to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers. Read the full announcement.

J.P. Sniadecki's LEF-funded film THE IRON MINISTRY opened theatrically on August 21 in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Later this fall, it travels to other cities nationwide. A.O. Scott writes for the New York Times: "It's a work of art - vivid and mysterious and full of life." Full NYT review. Complete theatrical schedule.

Congratulations to LEF grantees at the 2015 Camden International Film Festival! Filmmakers with LEF-funded projects at CIFF this year include Ian Cheney (BLUESPACE, work-in-progress), Peter Galison & Robb Moss (CONTAINMENT), and Luke Meyer (FOURTH WALL, Points North Fellowship). Learn more and attend.

Congratulations to LEF grantees at the 2015 Newburyport Documentary Film Festival! LEF-funded projects screening at the festival this year include ANGKOR'S CHILDREN by Lauren Shaw, CIRCUS WITHOUT BORDERS by Susan Gray & Linda Matchan, CONTAINMENT by Peter Galison & Robb Moss, and J STREET: THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE by Ken Winikur and Ben Avishai. See the full lineup.  

Lauren Shaw's LEF-funded film ANGKOR'S CHILDREN will screen at the Portland Film Festival in Portland, Oregon (Sept 1-7), the Cambodia Town Film Festival in Long Beach, California (Sept 3-6), and the Best of the Maine International Film Festival at MIFF By the Sea in Bar Harbor, Maine (Sept 18-20). Learn more.  

This September, LEF grantee Lisa Olivieri's LEF-funded film BLINDSIDED will screen at the Just Film Awards Festival in San Francisco. Learn more.

Congratulations to LEF grantee Holly Hey, whose film THE DUM DUM CAPITOL OF THE WORLD screened at the Moonrise Film Festival in British Columbia this August. In November, it travels to the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York, UK.

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