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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 has just announced 6 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $30,000 in pre-production support to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers for Summer 2016. Read the full announcement.

In Spring 2016, LEF announced 11 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $195,000 in production and post-production support to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers. Read the full announcement

Congratulations to the LEF Fellows attending the 2016 Flaherty Film Seminar: Amber Bemak, Daniel Hui, Gerald Peary, and Thorsten Trimpop! More.

Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander's LEF-funded project MUDFLOW has been selected for the 2016 Sundance Doc Edit and Story Labs. More info.

Congratulations to Cristina Kotz Cornejo's LEF-funded film 3 AMERICAS will screen in Mexico City as part of the Distrital Formación screening at Cine Tonalá in the "Exile and Migration" program. More info.

LEF grantees will be showing work at the Maine International Film Festival (July 8-17), including Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk's LEF-funded film THE GUYS NEXT DOOR (July 8-9) and Ben Pender-Cudlip & Adam Mazo's short film FIRST LIGHT (July 11, July 16), based on their LEF-funded feature DAWNLAND. See the full festival slate.

Thanks to all who took part in The DocYard's Spring 2016 season! Check back in the coming months for the Fall 2016 lineup and season passes. The DocYard is a program of LEF. Learn more.

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