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Here at LEF we’re preparing for a busy couple of months. There’s our LOI deadline – only a week away – plus the upcoming  season of The DocYard.  Still, we’re always trying to keep one ear open for news about films LEF has supported in the past.  Next week, work from two LEF-funded filmmakers is being showcased:
The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking were founded in late 2007 to recognize and honor exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film.  Cinema Eye’s mission has been to advocate for, recognize and promote the highest commitment to rigor and artistry in the nonfiction field.
I have to say that when the online fundraising hype-machine first got started, I didn’t buy it.
We here at the LEF office were saddened to hear that Massachusetts Film Office maestro Nick Paleologos is leaving his post.
Always looking around for New England documentaries, even if we have to go inside other movies that aren't New England documentaries, like The Fighter...
It's time to start thinking about applying for LEF's upcoming deadline: production and post-production LOIs are due on Friday, 28 January at 5pm.
The LEF Foundation is proud to contribute to the KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP. As described in the Fellowship’s mission statement:

“The Karen Schmeer Fellowship is a year-long experience that encourages and champions the talent of an emerging editor. It creates opportunities to help cultivate an editor’s artistry and craft, and expand his or her professional and creative community. Awarded annually, the Fellowship was created to honor the memory of gifted editor, Karen Schmeer.”
At Coolidge on December 6: IDA and the Center for Independent Documentary are presenting AN EVENING WITH JULIA BACHA - a Boston Installment of IDA's Doc U Seminar Series Tickets »

Right before that: the BITAHR FILM FORUM, which is bringing films and speakers to the Brattle Theatre from December 2-5 in order to raise awareness of human sex trafficking.

"Recognizing the need for greater public and academic awareness of sex trafficking, Human Rights and Sex Trafficking: A Film Forum will explore the power of film in effectuating a movement to combat commercial sexual exploitation and modern-day slavery"

Here's the Facebook event -...

Political Documents: Marlo Poras' Run Granny Run and the official White House Videographer Arun Chaudhary.

In the wake of the midterm elections I’ve been thinking about political movies. It’s a familiar genre that taps into those stirring clichés about democracy that make us get excited and patriotic around election times.

It's a long way from New England, but back in the Olde Worlde the Sheffield Doc/Fest is happening now. Check out their website for a long list of films, pitch sessions and forward-thinking learning opportunities of all stripes.

The Scottish Documentary Institute is premiering some of the documentary shorts from its Bridging the Gap Program at Sheffield. The program provides funding, training and guidance for new Scotland-based filmmakers:

“The scheme aims to bridge the gap between training/graduation and a first broadcast by offering the opportunity to work closely with BBC Scotland, and all those filmmakers who have not made documentaries for the big screen.”    

A place-specific mentorship/talent incubation/grants program that receives...

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