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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

Next up at The DocYard: Monday, December 1 at 7PM at the Brattle Theatre, The DocYard presents WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS by David Wilson and AJ Schnack. Filmmaker in attendance! More info and buy tickets.

Join the LEF Foundation team on December 9 for a Moving Image Fund grant workshop hosted by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. More info

LEF grantee JP Sniadecki's THE IRON MINISTRY has been selected for the international competition in the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) this week! If you'll be in Montreal, you can still see the film on November 21. More info. Additionally, LEF grantee Frederick Wiseman's NATIONAL GALLERY will be having its Quebec premiere at RIDM, with an upcoming screening date on November 22. More info.

Alexandra Anthony's LEF-funded work LOST IN THE BEWILDERNESS  will have its official Boston premiere at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on December 4 at 7:30PM. Tickets on sale November 13 from the MFA website. About the film

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