Marina Drummer, Grants Advisor
marina@lef-foundation.org
Marina has worked with the foundation since its inception in 1985. She runs her own non-profit, Community Futures Collective, that serves as a fiscal sponsor for grassroots organizations as well as providing infrastructure development. In addition, Marina serves as Administrator of the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival.

     
    Lyda Kuth, Executive Director
Lyda is a founding board member and current Executive Director of the LEF Foundation. She has been recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council with the prestigious Commonwealth Award and honored by Women in Film and Video New England with the Image Award for Vision & Excellence in the media arts.  In 2005, she joined the Creative Capital board and currently serves as its Chair.  In addition to her philanthropic work, she is also an independent filmmaker.  In 2011, she had her debut as director/producer with her film, Love and Other Anxieties; and served as  executive producer for Secundaria, with director Mary Jane Doherty, which premiered in 2013.
     
  Sara Archambault, Program Director
sara@lef-foundation.org
Sara joined the LEF Foundation team in 2008 and brings with her an extensive professional history in production, programming, and foundation work. She was Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Managing Producer on the Emmy-nominated documentary Traces of the Trade, and Producer with Christopher Lydon’s radio show Open Source. Currently, Sara is producing the feature documentary Street Fighting Man which has received support from IFP Week's Spotlight on Documentary, Hot Docs International Pitch Forum, Film Independent Documentary Lab, San Francisco Film Society and the Sundance Documentary Fund. She is a Programmer/Co-founder of the award-winning documentary film series The DocYard. Sara is frequently an advisor, juror, and panelist with a number of film festivals. She was a 2013 Sundance Creative Producers Lab Fellow and was sited as "One to Watch" in 2013 by The Independent.
   











  Genevieve Carmel, Program Assistant
gen@lef-foundation.org
Gen joined the LEF New England office in 2013. A Cambridge native with a background in film & cultural studies, East Asian studies, and documentary film production, she has a degree in social anthropology from Harvard College, and is equally fascinated by the moving image as an art form, and by how films are produced, distributed, and interpreted across various social and cultural contexts. She lived in Beijing from 2010 to 2013, where she worked as a translator and project coordinator for several independent film initiatives including the Documentary Film Festival China (DOChina) in Songzhuang, the filmmaker support organization Indie Workshop, the Nordic Documentary Film Festival (NORDOX), and the Flaherty Seminar in China. She has worked as a programmer for the Beijing New Youth Film Festival, and has helped to premiere a number of American independent films in China, including SWEETGRASS, THE AXE IN THE ATTIC, and PILGRIM SONG. Now living in Somerville, Gen continues to make non-fiction and seeks to create new networks for viewing and understanding independent cinema. She is fluent in Mandarin. 

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