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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 has just announced 6 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $30,000 in pre-production support to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers for Summer 2016. Read the full announcement.

In Spring 2016, LEF announced 11 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $195,000 in production and post-production support to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers. Read the full announcement

On December 5, the University of Pittsburgh hosts a free screening and discussion with Monika Navarro of her LEF-funded film LOST SOULS/ANIMAS PERDIDAS. More.

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.

Garrett Zevgetis' LEF-funded film BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS will be having its theatrical premiere December 2-8 in New York and December 9-15 in Los Angeles. More.

On December 8 at 7pm, Peter Flynn's LEF-funded film THE DYING OF THE LIGHT screens at the Bright Lights Series at Emerson College, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. More.

On Thursday, December 15 at 6:30pm, LEF and the PRX Podcast Garage will co-host a joint Boston Film Potluck and Sonic Soiree including a community screening/listening event for film and audio artists in the Greater Boston area. We'll be sharing food and reaching across our aural and optical divides in the spirit of fostering new creative conversations for 2017. Take a tour of the Podcast Garage, experience new film and audio works from local makers, and celebrate the intersections of image and sound creation in Boston. All are welcome and encouraged to bring something to eat. More.  

The LEF Moving Image Fund is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for Production and Post-Production Grants! The LOI deadline for submission is Friday, January 27, 2017. Learn more about how to apply

The DocYard's Spring 2017 season of documentary film programming in Boston will be announced soon!The DocYard is a program of LEF.

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