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LEF-funded film BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS, directed by Garrett Zevgetis, had its US broadcast premiere on Independent Lens in January 2017. Learn more here.

News & Announcements

Are you a New England-area non-fiction filmmaker? Apply by Friday February 24 for a LEF Fellowship to attend the 2017 Flaherty Film Seminar, which takes place June 17-23 at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. This year's seminar is programmed by Nuno Lisboa of the Doc's Kingdom International Seminar on Documentary Film. Learn more and apply

Salem Film Fest runs from March 2-9! Among the many excellent films screening this year is LEF supported documentary THE PEACEMAKER by James Demo. Also of note is the Doc-a-chusetts Pitch where local productions compete for $5,000 in finishing services from Modulus Studios. LEF-supported projects TETHYS by Ben Pender-Cudlip and BRINGING IT HOME by Ellen Brodsky will be among the competitors. See more info here. Finally, LEF is among the sponsors of the Mass Reality Check at Salem Film Fest, a college doc shorts showcase. Check out this new work from MA's emerging creative voices! More details

Jake Mahaffy's LEF-funded film FREE IN DEED has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The awards will be announced February 25. See all of the nominees.

From February through June, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents a retrospective series of the works of LEF grantee Frederick Wiseman to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first film TITICUT FOLLIES. More

The DocYard's Spring 2017 season of documentary film programming in Boston has been announced! The DocYard is a program of LEF and generously sponsored by The Irving House at Harvard and the Tyler Family Foundation. More details on films and season passes.

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