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Completed Grantee Work

Tracy Strain's LEF-funded film SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART: LORRAINE HANSBERRY had its World Premiere at TIFF 2017. Watch the trailer and learn more about the film.

News & Announcements


LEF has now opened the application process for Moving Image Fund Production and Post-Production LOIs! Potential applicants are strongly encouraged read our guidelines and to reach out to LEF staff by phone or e-mail to determine eligibility and competitiveness before applying.

On Tuesday, December 5 at 5:30pm at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence, hear from local funders and leaders in the film community about support for nonfiction filmmakers in Rhode Island. Panelists include Sara Archambault (LEF Foundation), Mollie Flannigan (RISCA), Steve Feinberg (RI Film & TV Office), Logan C. Hinderliter (Rhode Island Council for the Humanities), and Daniel Kamil (Cable Car Cinema and Providence Center for Media and Culture). Discussion to be followed by a small gathering for filmmakers with appetizers provided and cash bar. Address: 204 S Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. See the Facebook event.

On Thursday, December 14 from 6:30pm - 8pm at the PRX Podcast Garage in Boston, join Gen Carmel of the LEF Foundation for a workshop on LEF's Moving Image Fund grant opportunities for documentary filmmakers in New England. More details. See the Facebook event.

The Fall Season of documentary programming at The DocYard has been announced! Screenings take place on Mondays from September 11 - December 4 at the Brattle Theatre and each screening will be followed by a filmmaker discussion. The DocYard is a program of LEF. See the full lineup.

Congratulations to LEF grantee Mary Jane Doherty, who was one of five Boston-based artists to receive the inaugural Boston Artist Fellowship Award!

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