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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

LEF New England is now accepting pre-production grant applications from New England-based non-fiction filmmakers. Six grants of $5000 each will be awarded. Deadline: June 3, 2016. Learn more and apply.

The DocYard's Spring 2016 line-up of documentary programming in Boston continues through May 2! The DocYard is a program of LEF. Learn more.

This year's Special Presentations section at Hot Docs 2016 will feature the world premiere of WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS (dir. Beth Murphy) and the international premiere of THE PEACEMAKER (dir. James Demo). Congratulations to these LEF grantees! More.

Congratulations to all of the LEF films selected to screen at the Independent Film Festival Boston! These films are BLUESPACE, THE PEACEMAKER, THE GUYS NEXT DOOR, FREE IN DEED, and BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS. Also at the festival on April 28, the LEF-funded projects LIFE WITHOUT BASKETBALL, THE EMPTY SIGN, PATERNAL RITES, and BULLETPROOF STOCKINGS will participate in the festival's Mass Works-in-Progress Competition

LEF-funded film THE GENIUS OF MARIAN is now on Netflix! On April 20, there will be a special Tweet Chat with The Genius of Marian team, members of the White family and the Alzheimer's Association. Watch. Follow the film.

Congrats to the LEF Fellows attending the 2016 Flaherty Film Seminar: Amber Bemak, Daniel Hui, Gerald Peary, and Thorsten Trimpop! More.

LEF-funded film ROMEO by Lorna Lowe was accepted to the Pan African Film salon at Cannes April 16-20.

LEF-funded film BLINDSIDED was featured in a recent Globe review by Peter Keough. 

On May 9 at the Massachusetts State House, join the Massachusetts Production Coalition and other film advocacy groups in Massachusetts for a Films = Jobs Advocacy Day spent speaking with legislators about the importance of maintaining film jobs in Massachusetts. More.   

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