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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 James Demo, whose LEF-funded film THE PEACEMAKER has been at festivals throughout the world, including screenings in Bogota with Ambulante Colombia and its Irish premiere at the Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival where it received the inaugural Guth Gafa Human Rights Award. Next up, the film will have its Australian premiere at the Antenna International Documentary Festival in October!

Congratulations to Thorsten Trimpop, whose LEF-funded film FURUSATO has been accepted to the 2016 Viennale! More info.

Congratulations to LEF Foundation grantees heading to the Camden International Film Festival (September 15-18)! Official selections of the festival include Garrett Zevgetis' BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS, Beth Murphy's WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS, and Adam Mazo & Ben Pender-Cudlip's short film FIRST LIGHT, adapted from their feature LEF-funded work-in-progress DAWNLAND. See the full line-up and buy passes here

Three LEF grantees have been selected for the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival (September 16-18)! Works include Amy Geller & Allie Humenuk's THE GUYS NEXT DOOR, Beth Murphy's WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS, and Lisa Olivieri's BLINDSIDED. Congratulations to these filmmakers! Learn more about the full line-up and buy passes here.

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association has named LEF Grantees PJ Raval and Sara Giustini's BEFORE YOU KNOW IT as the winner of NLGJA's Excellence in Documentary prize. Learn more about the film and where you can see it next here.

Michel Negroponte and Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness' film AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MICHELLE MAREN will screen at the 4th International Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder in Vienna, Austria on September 9th, 2016. The film will be distributed by Documentary Educational Resources beginning in fall 2016. See the trailer for the film here

The DocYard's Fall 2016 season of documentary film programming in Boston has been announced! See the full line-up and learn more about season passes here. The DocYard is a program of LEF.

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