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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The End of the River

In Production
Allison Cekala
Allison Cekala
Grant Awarded
$5,000 - 2018
Type of Film

Film Synopsis

THE END OF THE RIVER (working title) follows the Rio Grande River from its headwaters in southern Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico. Through overuse, poor water management, damming, and dredging, the river scarcely meets the ocean. The film, told through a visual narrative, explores the river in its current state, examining human impacts and traversing the site for a potential border wall on the 889 mile stretch of river that is the geographic boundary between the U.S. and Mexico.

About the Director(s)

Allison Cekala (Director/Producer/Cinematographer) is a Boston-based filmmaker, photographer, curator, and educator. Her current work focuses on landscape through investigating the ways in which humans move, shape, and transform their surroundings. Cekala holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2015) and a BA from from Bard College (2006) in Photography and Environmental Studies. She has exhibited/screened her work nationally and internationally at the Museum of Science (Boston, MA), The Schneider Museum of Art (Ashland, OR), The American Film Institute Docs Festival (Washington, DC, The Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, MI), The High Coast Film Festival (Sweden), The Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutgers University (Newark, NJ), and Obroncow Stalingradu Gallery (Poland), The Vermont Center for Photography (Brattleboro, VT), among others. Her work has been reviewed in the Boston globe, which named her solo show, "Salt Mountain" as one of Boston's best shows from 2015, as well WBUR's Artery, Light Leaked Photography Journal, and Public Radio International's "The World". Her work has been supported through residencies at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony where she was the Marion O. Naumberg fellowship in photography during her residence in 2015. She has received grants from Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in film/video, the Blanche E. Colman Foundation Grant, and The Karsh Prize in Photography, among others.

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