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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 9 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $165,000 in production and post-production support to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers. Read the full announcement.

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

Congratulations to the filmmakers behind LEF-funded works-in-progress COUNCILWOMAN (Margo Guernsey) and THE REAGAN YEARS  (Pacho Velez & Sierra Pettengill) who are taking part in the very first Camden/TFI Filmmaker Retreat presented by CNN Films. Learn more.

Congratulations to director James Demo, editor Erin Casper and the team behind the LEF-funded project THE PEACEMAKER, which was selected for the Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Labs. More info.

On June 26, Beth Murphy's LEF-funded project WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS will have a special work-in-progress screening at the Nantucket Film Festival. More info.

On Tuesday, June 30 at 8pm ET/5pm PT, WORLD Channel is hosting an online screening and live chat of the LEF-funded film BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. Chat live with filmmaker PJ Raval about the making of the film and aging in the LGBT community. More info.

ONE CUT ONE LIFE continues its theatrical run in Seattle, where it premieres July 3-9 at the Grand Illusion Cinema. Learn more about the film and purchase tickets.

From July 7-15, David Binder's LEF-funded film CALLING MY CHILDREN will be broadcast on the PBS WORLD Channel. See the full schedule and check your local listings.

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