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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 DocYard has announced its Spring 2015 Season! Buy a season pass today and reserve your seat at all DocYard events this season, with one free screening! More info

Congratulations to Beth Murphy and the team behind the LEF-funded project WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS! The Fledgling Fund has committed $20K in support of the project's outreach and engagement. More info

Congratulations to LEF grantees Eric Gottesman and Amy Siegel for receiving grant support from Creative Capital. Eric received LEF support for his project OROMAYE and Amy received LEF support for her project MARIA. Both projects are still in development. More info

Jenny Alexander's LEF-funded film THE VIGIL won the Director's Choice Award at the Seattle Social Justice Film Festival! More info.

Liz Canner's LEF-funded project SILENT U was awarded a 2014 grant from the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund. More info.

Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill's LEF-funded project THE REAGAN YEARS was awarded a Fall 2014 grant from the Catapult Film Fund. More info.

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