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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.

Congratulations to LEF grantees at the 2015 GlobeDocs Film Festival! LEF-funded projects screening at the festival this year include CIRCUS WITHOUT BORDERS by Susan Gray & Linda Matchan and CONTAINMENT by Peter Galison & Robb Moss. See the full lineup

Congratulations to LEF grantee Holly Hey, whose film THE DUM DUM CAPITOL OF THE WORLD travels to the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York, UK this November.

On October 15 at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence, LEF Program Director Sara Archambault and LEF grantees Robb Moss, Ann Kim, and Margo Guernsey will take part in a special panel discussion about film residencies. This event is hosted by the 2015 Conference for the Alliance of Artist Communities. Full conference details

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