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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

Congratulations to Beyza Boyacioglu, Warren Cockerham, Amy Jenkins, and Brynmore Williams, who will attend the Flaherty Seminar this June as the recipients of this year's LEF New England FellowshipsAbout the Flaherty Seminar.

LEF Grantee Leah Mahan's COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: THE BATTLE FOR TURKEY CREEK will air on April 29 on PBS World's America ReFramed, after which the film will be available for streaming for one month on PBS Video. Watch on PBS. All upcoming events.

Hot on the heels of its world premiere at Full Frame, the LEF-funded personal documentary ONE CUT, ONE LIFE, directed by Lucia Small and Ed Pincus and produced by Mary Kerr, will have its Boston premiere at the Independent Film Festival Boston! More info.

This April, The Film Society of Lincoln Center's The Art of the Real will feature a number of LEF-funded films, including THE SUITCASE OF LOVE AND SHAME (New York Premiere!) by Jane Gillooly, FOREIGN PARTS by Verena Paravel & J.P. Sniadecki, and SWEETGRASS by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor. FOREIGN PARTS and SWEETGRASS will screen within a special program, Focus on the Sensory Ethnography Lab, presented in collaboration with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. More info.

Banker White and Anna Fitch's LEF-funded film THE GENIUS OF MARIAN was recently featured in Newsweek! The film will have its broadcast premiere as part of POV's 2014 Season, and is also launching its nationwide theatrical release through a partnership with Tugg, an easy way to bring the film to your local neighborhood theater at no cost to the host. Read the Newsweek article. Bring the film to your neighborhood!

The Moving Image Fund deadline for production and post-production Letters of Inquiry has passed, on January 24. Our next deadline is June 6, for pre-production grant applications. More info.

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

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