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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 DocYard is pleased to announced its Spring 2016 line-up of films, co-presentations, and visiting artists! The DocYard is a program of LEF. Learn more.

The LEF Moving Image Fund is now accepting 2016 Letters of Inquiry for Production and Post-Production Grants! Please read our guidelines and contact LEF Staff with questions. Deadline: January 29. More info.

The 2016 Flaherty Film Seminar (June 18-24) is now accepting applications for LEF New England Fellowships! Deadline: February 19. More info.

Salem Film Fest (March 3-10) is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Mass Reality Check, a showcase for college and university students and recent graduates working in short documentary and experimental documentary film. All selected filmmakers will receive an all-access pass to the festival and one filmmaker will be awarded “Best Short.”  Programming staff from Salem Film Fest and representatives from LEF FoundationDocumentary Educational Resources and The Independent will meet individually with the Mass Reality Check winner after the festival to give them advice about filmmaking as a career and provide insights into funding, distribution as well as other professional considerations. Extended deadline: February 5. More info.

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