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Massachusetts-based filmmaker Beth Murphy redefines the word fearless. Along with her team at Principle Pictures, Beth has traveled the world, including many areas of conflict where dangers abound, in search of compelling stories that shed light on the human drama behind the social justice issues we typically learn about through media soundbites. She has directed, produced, and written nearly 20 documentary films for national and international media outlets including The Sundance Channel, The History Channel, Discovery International, Lifetime Television, and numerous international outlets. Her feature-length documentary BEYOND BELIEF chronicles the journey of two 9/11 widows to heal from that tragedy by connecting to widows in Afghanistan. THE LIST tells the story of Kirk Johnson, a modern-day Oskar Schindler who is fighting to save Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. government and military to help rebuild Iraq. LEF is currently supporting her project WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS, a film that brings Beth back to Afghanistan to look at the challenges for the teachers and students at a girls school at time when US troops are withdrawing and the Taliban are again on the rise. LEF Program Director Sara Archambault caught up with Beth right before she was on her way to the University of Basra to teach a 2 ½ week course on cultural diplomacy through filmmaking. 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. Congratulations to these grantees! Read the full announcement.

On July 28 at 7PM, the LEF-funded film ONE CUT, ONE LIFE, by Ed Pincus and Lucia Small, will screen at the Woods Hole Film Festival! Told from two points of view with vulnerability, intimacy and humor, ONE CUT, ONE LIFE challenges the form of first person documentary while offering a complex story of love, loss, legacy, and the delicacy of capturing the preciousness of life while time is fleeting. Filmmaker Lucia Small will be in attendance. The film screens at the Redfield Auditorium, Redfield Building, WHOI at 86 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA. See the film at Woods Hole.

J.P. Sniadecki's LEF-funded film THE IRON MINISTRY will have its world premiere at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival! More info

Among several of her other works, Abigail Child's LEF-funded film RIDING THE TIGER: SONGS FROM CAPITALIST CHINA will have its world premiere at the first Fronteira Film Festival in Brazil, which runs from August 30-September 7, 2014. Festival Website. See all upcoming events

James Demo's LEF-funded film THE PEACEMAKER has received funding from the Sundance Documentary Film Program! Additionally, this week THE PEACEMAKER was announced as one of five documentary films in production to participate in the Second Annual Tribeca Film Institute/A&E IndieFilms Documentary StoryLab. More on Sundance. More on StoryLab.

The DocYard will return to the Brattle Theatre later this year! Stay tuned for future programming! More info.

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