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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

Congratulations to the team behind THE REAGAN YEARS (Pacho Velez, Sierra Pettengill, and Daniel Garber) for winning the Points North Pitch at the Camden International Film Festival! Festival info

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.

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.  

Next up at The DocYard: RETURN TO HOMS, 7pm on Monday, October 20 at the Brattle! More info.

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