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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

On Sunday, April 23 at 7pm, James Demo's award-winning LEF-funded film THE PEACEMAKER screens in Plymouth, MA at the Plimoth Cinema, with film subject Padraig O'Malley and filmmaker James Demo in person for Q&A! More

Congratulations to all of the LEF-funded films selected for the 2017 Independent Film Festival Boston! Robin Berghaus' film STUMPED is the opening night film, screening on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:30pm at the Somerville Theatre. Thorsten Trimpop's FURUSATO screens Thursday, April 27 at 7pm at the Somerville Theatre. Alice Stone's ANGELO UNWRITTEN will have its world premiere on Sunday, April 30 at 1pm at the Brattle Theatre.

On Thursday, April 27 at 4pm at UMass Boston, six LEF-funded projects will be participating in the Massachusetts Works-in-Progress Pitch Competition, co-presented by the Independent Film Festival Boston and the UMB Film Series. LEF-funded projects include BRINGING IT HOME by Ellen Brodsky, TETHYS by Ben Pender-Cudlip, MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY by Jeff Bemiss & Lisa Molomot, MINOR ATTRACTION by Amelia Evans, SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE INCARCERATED by Denali Tiller, and THE FIGHT TO RUN by Benjamin Severance. See the full list.

LEF is excited to celebrate the premiere of STREET FIGHTING MEN, a film directed by Andrew James, and produced by LEF Program Director Sara Archambault! The film will have its world premiere at the Independent Film Festival Boston on Sunday, April 30 at 1pm at the Somerville Theatre. More

From February through June, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents a retrospective series of the works of LEF grantee Frederick Wiseman to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first film TITICUT FOLLIES. More

The DocYard's Spring 2017 season of documentary film programming in Boston has been announced! The DocYard is a program of LEF and generously sponsored by The Irving House at Harvard and the Tyler Family Foundation. More details on films and season passes

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