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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

The LEF Foundation is excited to announce 11 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $195,000 in production and post-production support to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers for Spring 2016. Read the full announcement

LEF New England is now accepting pre-production grant applications from New England-based non-fiction filmmakers. Six grants of $5000 each will be awarded. Deadline: June 3, 2016. Learn more and apply.

This year's Hot Docs 2016 featured the world premiere of WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS (dir. Beth Murphy), the international premiere of THE PEACEMAKER (dir. James Demo) and the selection of LEF-funded project MUDFLOW (dirs. Cynthia Wade & Sasha Friedlander) to pitch at HotDocs Forum. Congratulations to these LEF grantees! More.

Congrats to the LEF Fellows attending the 2016 Flaherty Film Seminar: Amber Bemak, Daniel Hui, Gerald Peary, and Thorsten Trimpop! More.

Thanks to all who took part in The DocYard's Spring 2016 season! Check back in the coming months for the Fall 2016 lineup and season passes. The DocYard is a program of LEF. Learn more.

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