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Tracy Strain's LEF-funded film SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART: LORRAINE HANSBERRY had its World Premiere at TIFF 2017. Watch the trailer and learn more about the film.

News & Announcements


LEF has now opened the application process for Moving Image Fund Production and Post-Production LOIs! Potential applicants are strongly encouraged read our guidelines and to reach out to LEF staff by phone or e-mail to determine eligibility and competitiveness before applying.

On Tuesday, December 5 at 5:30pm at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence, hear from local funders and leaders in the film community about support for nonfiction filmmakers in Rhode Island. Panelists include Sara Archambault (LEF Foundation), Mollie Flannigan (RISCA), Steve Feinberg (RI Film & TV Office), and Daniel Kamil (Cable Car Cinema and Providence Center for Media and Culture). Discussion to be followed by a small gathering for filmmakers with appetizers provided and cash bar. Address: 204 S Main Street, Providence, RI 02903.

The Fall Season of documentary programming at The DocYard has been announced! Screenings take place on Mondays from September 11 - December 4 at the Brattle Theatre and each screening will be followed by a filmmaker discussion. The DocYard is a program of LEF. See the full lineup

Two LEF-funded films have been selected for DOCNYC (Nov 9-16) including the New York premiere of Tracy Strain's SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART: LORRAINE HANSBERRY on November 11 and the World Premiere of Priya Desai and Ann Kim's LOVESICK on November 15 and 16. Congratulations to these filmmakers! See the full schedule

LEF Program Director Sara Archambault will be attending DOCNYC to support the LEF-funded films there, and will also be participating on a panel called The State of Funding: Budgets, Grants & More on November 9 at 12pm at the Cinepolis Chelsea. Learn more. Buy a DOCNYC Pro Pass

Congratulations to Allie Humenuk and Amy Geller, whose LEF-funded film THE GUYS NEXT DOOR has its national broadcast premiere on October 30 on The World Channel! The film is now available to watch online for FREE through November 29. Watch the film.

Congratulations to LEF grantee Mary Jane Doherty, who was one of five Boston-based artists to receive the inaugural Boston Artist Fellowship Award!

On November 21, the PRX Podcast Garage is hosting a workshop on The DNA of Oral History Interviews with filmmaker and LEF grantee Ann Fessler (A GIRL LIKE HER).

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