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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 is excited to announce 6 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $30,000 in pre-production support to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers. Congratulations to these grantees! Read the full announcement.

On September 8 at 10PM ET, LEF-funded film THE GENIUS OF MARIAN will have its national broadcast on POV! THE GENIUS OF MARIAN is a visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family's struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer's disease. The film will also be available to watch online from Sep 9-Oct 8. Check local listings for details. If you would like to help raise awareness of the film, check out the POV partner toolkit.

J.P. Sniadecki's LEF-funded film THE IRON MINISTRY will have its world premiere in competition at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival, running August 6-16, 2014! Festival website. More about the film

Congratulations to the LEF-funded projects THREE DAYS TO SEE (dir. Garrett Zevgetis) and THE GUYS NEXT DOOR (dir. Allie Humenuk, Amy Geller), which have both been selected for IFP's Spotlight on Documentaries at Independent Film Week this fall. Read the full announcement

LEVIATHAN, by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, has been nominated for the Grierson Trust's 2014 Documentary Awards in the category of Best Cinema Documentary. The award winners will be announced on November 25. Learn more.  

The DocYard will return to the Brattle Theatre later this year! Stay tuned for future programming! More info.

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