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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 6 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $30,000 in Pre-Production support to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers. Read the full announcement.

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.

Congratulations to the LEF grantees at the 2015 edition of DOC NYC (Nov 12-19)! BLUESPACE by Ian Cheney will have its world premiere and AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MICHELLE MAREN directed by Michel Negroponte & Michelle Maren and produced by Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness will have its US premiere. LIFE WITHOUT BASKETBALL, a LEF-funded work-in-progress by Tim O'Donnell and Jon Mercer, will be competing in the DOC NYC Pitch Competition! See the full lineup

On November 21, Ken Winikur and Ben Avishai's LEF-funded film J STREET: THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE will screen at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival! More.

On December 3, Peter Galison and Robb Moss will screen their LEF-funded film CONTAINMENT at the Harvard Film Archive at 7pm at the Carpenter Center (24 Quincy Street, Cambridge) followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. This is a free screening. Filmed in some of the world’s most radioactive hot spots, CONTAINMENT explores the idea that, over time, nothing stays put. More.

Congrats to Banker White and Anna Fitch, whose film A MARRIAGE TO REMEMBER - a short adapted from the LEF-funded feature documentary THE GENIUS OF MARIAN - has won Best Documentary at the My Hero Film Festival! More.

Last month, Ben Pender-Cudlip and Adam Mazo's short film FIRST LIGHT, adapted from their LEF-funded feature documentary DAWNLAND, screened at the New England School of Law, and was covered by WGBH reporter Phillip Martin. Read/Listen.

Congratulations to LEF grantee Holly Hey, whose film THE DUM DUM CAPITOL OF THE WORLD travels to the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York, UK this November.

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