Moving Image Fund Grants Directory

LEF New England launched the Moving Image Fund (MIF) in 2002 to support independent film and video artists creating new work.Through MIF, LEF provides funding across all phases of production, supporting films from the early risk-taking stage, through a film's completion.

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Bringing it Home

In Production
Ellen Brodsky
Ellen Brodsky
Grant Awarded
$5,000 - 2017
$15,000 - 2017
Type of Film
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Film Synopsis

BRINGING IT HOME tells the tale of two treks, 170 years apart, of young people in neighboring democracies. In 1846, Illinois soldiers journey south to fight in the US-Mexican war, bringing home 52% of its land as well as the wooden leg of President Santa Anna. In 2016, 25 predominantly Mexican-American students journey 1,000 miles north from Texas to Illinois to honor Lincoln’s opposition to the US-Mexican War and request that Santa Anna's leg be returned to Mexico.

About the Director(s)

Ellen Brodsky (Director and Producer) began filmmaking in 2001 after a fifteen-year career in education and public health. In 2015, Ellen released her award-winning directing premiere, “The Year We Thought About Love" which follows the previously LEF funded LGBTQ youth theater troupe, True Colors. The film is playing festivals around the world and has educational distribution with New Day Films. Brodsky worked eight years as co-producer for LEF funded, “At Home in Utopia,” about radical Jewish Communists in the Bronx, which was broadcast on the award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens, in 2009. She has directed two award-winning shorts:  “Only One Boss,” and “Dental Farmer” (with co-director, Dunya Alwan), which have played festivals on all seven continents, including Black Maria Film Festival and Aspen Shortsfest. In addition, Brodsky produced two teacher-training videos for the Welcoming Schools project of Human Rights Campaign:  “What do you know?  Six to twelve year olds talk about gays and lesbians” and “What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying, and Bystanders.” Brodsky has a Masters in Management from the Heller School, Brandeis University and a BA in Religion from Haverford College.

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