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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 DocYard has announced its Spring 2015 Season! Buy a season pass before December 25 and get into all DocYard events, with two free screenings! More info and buy tickets.

Congratulations to LEF grantee Margo Guernsey, whose film COUNCILWOMAN was awarded grant support from Chicken and Egg! More info.

In January, Jane Gillooly's LEF-funded work SUITCASE OF LOVE AND SHAME will screen at the Museum of the Moving Image's program First Look 2015, but with an interesting twist - "The audience watching her film... during the first weekend of First Look will be filmed, thus becoming the subject of a new film, which will make its World premiere the following weekend." Tickets go on sale December 5. More info.

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