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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

Congratulations to Amahl Bishara, Eric Gulliver, Thorsten Trimpop, & Josh Weissbach, who have been selected to attend the 2015 Flaherty Seminar as LEF New England Fellows! Read the full announcement

On Saturday, May 16 at 3pm, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will screen LEF grantee Lauren Shaw's ANGKOR'S CHILDREN followed by a discussion with Lauren Shaw and guest Arn Chorn Pond. More info. More about the film

The LEF-funded project ONE CUT ONE LIFE by Ed Pincus and Lucia Small will have its theatrical premiere this spring! The film opens May 13 at the IFC Center (NYC), May 15 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre (Boston) and June 12 at the Laemmle Music Hall (LA), with Lucia Small in person for opening weekend in all three cities. More info.

Congratulations to LEF grantees Ben Pender-Cudlip and Adam Mazo, whose film DAWNLAND has been selected as a 2015 Hot Docs Deal Maker Project! More info.

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