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Massachusetts-based filmmaker Beth Murphy redefines the word fearless. Along with her team at Principle Pictures, Beth has traveled the world, including many areas of conflict where dangers abound, in search of compelling stories that shed light on the human drama behind the social justice issues we typically learn about through media soundbites. She has directed, produced, and written nearly 20 documentary films for national and international media outlets including The Sundance Channel, The History Channel, Discovery International, Lifetime Television, and numerous international outlets. Her feature-length documentary BEYOND BELIEF chronicles the journey of two 9/11 widows to heal from that tragedy by connecting to widows in Afghanistan. THE LIST tells the story of Kirk Johnson, a modern-day Oskar Schindler who is fighting to save Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. government and military to help rebuild Iraq. LEF is currently supporting her project WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS, a film that brings Beth back to Afghanistan to look at the challenges for the teachers and students at a girls school at time when US troops are withdrawing and the Taliban are again on the rise. LEF Program Director Sara Archambault caught up with Beth right before she was on her way to the University of Basra to teach a 2 ½ week course on cultural diplomacy through filmmaking. Read the interview here.

News & Announcements

The LEF Foundation is excited to announce 6 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $30,000 in pre-production support to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers. Congratulations to these grantees! Read the full announcement.

From August 5-10, Ashley Sabin and David Redmon's DOWNEAST will be broadcast on PBS WORLD Channel's America ReFramed. The first broadcast will begin Tuesday, August 5 at 8PM Eastern time. The film will also air August 6, 9, and 10. Check your local PBS station for full schedules. Watch DOWNEAST on WORLD Channel. More about the film.

J.P. Sniadecki's LEF-funded film THE IRON MINISTRY will have its world premiere in competition at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival, running August 6-16, 2014! Festival website. More about the film

Congratulations to the LEF-funded projects THREE DAYS TO SEE (dir. Garrett Zevgetis) and THE GUYS NEXT DOOR (dir. Allie Humenuk, Amy Geller), which have both been selected for IFP's Spotlight on Documentaries at Independent Film Week this fall. Read the full announcement

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.  

The DocYard will return to the Brattle Theatre later this year! Stay tuned for future programming! More info.

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