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In Production

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

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. Read the full announcement.

From July 25-August 1, three LEF-funded films will participate in the documentary feature competition of the Woods Hole Film Festival. These projects are ANGKOR'S CHILDREN by Lauren Shaw, CIRCUS WITHOUT BORDERS by Susan Gray & Linda Matchan, and CONTAINMENT by Peter Galison & Robb Moss. Learn more

Over the past month, filmmaker Beth Murphy has been leading an impact campaign for her LEF-funded film WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS. Recently, LEF invited Beth to write about how she has paired her filmmaking with impact. Read Beth's thoughts in the LEF blog and learn more about the impact campaign.

Congratulations to Amahl Bishara, Colin Brant, Eric Gulliver, & Josh Weissbach, who were selected to attend the 2015 Flaherty Seminar as LEF New England Fellows.  See the full announcement and read reflections from LEF Fellows on this year's seminar.

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