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Completed Grantee Work

LEF-funded film BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS, directed by Garrett Zevgetis, had its US broadcast premiere on Independent Lens in January 2017. Learn more here

News & Announcements


LEF is excited to announce 6 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $30,000 in pre-production support to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers! See the full list of Summer 2017 grantees.

LEF is excited to announce 10 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $190,000 in production and post-production support to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers! See the full list of Spring 2017 grantees.

The 2017 Rhode Island International Film Festival (August 8-13) featured two LEF-funded films, including the World Premiere of Julie Mallozzi's CIRCLE UP (which won the Grand Prize for Best Documentary!) and Robin Berghaus' STUMPED (which won the Youth Film Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature!).  Additionally, the festival featured a screening of Andrew James' STREET FIGHTING MEN, produced by LEF Program Director Sara Archambault.

Four LEF-funded projects will be participating in Spotlight on Documentaries during IFP Film Week in New York from September 17-21! The featured projects include Beyza Boyacioglu's A PRINCE FROM OUTER SPACE: ZEKI MUREN, Ben Pender-Cudlip and Adam Mazo's DAWNLAND, Jeff Bemiss and Lisa Molomot's MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY, and Bridget Besaw and Ben Severance's THE MOUNTAIN AND THE MAGIC CITY. See the full project forum slate.

Tracy Heather Strain was invited to attend the NAACP's 108th convention to speak about her LEF-funded film LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES / FEELING HEART. Learn more about the film.

Beth Murphy's LEF-funded film WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS has been nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy! More details.

Two LEF-funded films will have world premieres at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, including Frederick Wiseman's EX LIBRIS: THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel's CANIBA.

LEF-funded film RAISING RENEE, by Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher, is now available to stream on Amazon. See the film.

Radiotopia has launched a new podcast for Love + Radio, entitled "Suitcase of Love and Shame", provided by filmmaker Jane Gillooly and Steven Jackson and adapted from Gillooly's LEF-funded film of the same name. Listen here.

In the LEF blog this month, read reflections on the 2017 Flaherty Film Seminar as experienced by two LEF New England Fellows, Allison Cekala and Darian Stansbury.

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