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LEF-funded film BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS, directed by Garrett Zevgetis, had its US broadcast premiere on Independent Lens in January 2017 and is now available to watch in full on the PBS website through February 2, 2017. Learn more and see the film here.

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Two LEF-funded films had their US broadcast premieres on Independent Lens earlier this month, including Garrett Zevgetis' BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS and Peter Galison and Robb Moss' CONTAINMENT. Both films are available to stream online via the PBS website through early February. Learn more and watch

Alexandra Anthony's LEF-funded film LOST IN THE BEWILDERNESS had its official Athens, Greece premiere in at the Alkyonic New Star Cinema followed by Q&A with Alexandra Anthony in person. Now the film is having a one-week theatrical run at the Alkyonis Art Cinema in central Athens from January 12 - 18. Then on January 15, the film has its Greek broadcast premiere on January 15. More.

Jake Mahaffy's LEF-funded film FREE IN DEED has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The awards will be announced February 25. See all of the nominees.

Coming soon from February through June, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents a retrospective series of the works of LEF grantee Frederick Wiseman to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first film TITICUT FOLLIES. Schedule and tickets forthcoming. More

Current and recent college filmmakers are encouraged to submit short/experimental documentaries to the Mass Reality Check competition at Salem Film Fest, co-sponsored by LEF! Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2017. More

The LEF Moving Image Fund is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for Production and Post-Production Grants! The LOI deadline for submission is Friday, January 27, 2017. Learn more about how to apply

The DocYard's Spring 2017 season of documentary film programming in Boston has been announced! Earlybird Season Passes are on sale with 30% off through January 16 (EXTENDED) on access to our entire spring season of documentary film at the Brattle Theatre. The DocYard is a program of LEF and generously sponsored by The Irving House at Harvard and the Tyler Family Foundation. More details on films and season passes.

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