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Since 2009, LEF has supported fellowships for New England-based nonfiction filmmakers to attend the Flaherty Seminar. This year's Seminar took place from June 18-24 at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and the 2016 LEF New England Fellows were (pictured, left to right:) Gerald Peary, Amber Bemak, Daniel Hui, and Thorsten Trimpop.

This week, we share some notes from Gerald Peary and Thorsten Trimpop. 

LEF Fellows Beyza Boyacioglu, Warren Cockerham, Amy Jenkins and Brynmore Williams at the Flaherty Seminar

Four New England filmmakers were selected to attend the 60th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar from June 14-20, 2014 as LEF Fellows. These filmmakers are Beyza Boyacioglu, Warren Cockerham, Amy Jenkins, and Brynmore Williams. The following are reflections from the fellows about their Flaherty Seminar experience:

Each year LEF sponsors 4 New England filmmakers' attendance at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, a weeklong immersive experience where filmmakers, artists, scholars and curators gather to watch and discuss films. The theme of this year's seminar was "Open Wounds," programmed by Josexto Cerdán. Garth Donovan was one of this year's LEF New England Flaherty Fellows  and he wrote about his experience at the seminar - we look forward to sharing posts from all 4 of the LEF Fellows soon...

Not attempting to earn brownie points here, but I actually did enter this year’s Flaherty Seminar with little or no preconceptions, especially about what I would be seeing up on the big screen. Honoring the mantra of its creator Robert Flaherty harvested a great deal of insightand inspiration both to the simple human and the filmmaker inside me.

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