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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. Congratulations to these grantees! Read the full announcement.

On September 8 at 10PM ET, LEF-funded film THE GENIUS OF MARIAN will have its national broadcast on POV! THE GENIUS OF MARIAN is a visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family's struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer's disease. The film will also be available to watch online from Sep 9-Oct 8. Check local listings for details. If you would like to help raise awareness of the film, check out the POV partner toolkit.

Three LEF-funded films are among the 15 documentaries selected for this year's New York Film Festival, taking place Sep 26-Oct 12! Congratulations to the filmmakers behind ONE CUT, ONE LIFE (Lucia Small, Ed Pincus), THE IRON MINISTRY (JP Sniadecki), and NATIONAL GALLERY (Frederick Wiseman). See the full slate

COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: THE BATTLE FOR TURKEY CREEK (Leah Mahan) has won a 2014 Heritage Award from the Mississippi Heritage Trust! On Aug 26, see the film's encore broadcast on the PBS WORLD Channel's series America ReFramed with a free online stream available Aug 27-Sep 24. Learn more.   

Two LEF-funded projects, THREE DAYS TO SEE (Garrett Zevgetis) and THE GUYS NEXT DOOR (Allie Humenuk, Amy Geller), have been selected for IFP's Spotlight on Documentaries at Independent Film Week, taking place Sep 14-18. Read the full announcement

LEVIATHAN, by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, has been nominated for the Grierson Trust's 2014 Documentary Awards in the category of Best Cinema Documentary. The award winners will be announced on November 25. Learn more.  

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

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