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The fantastic folks at Creative Capital have created yet another way to support the artists in their universe. For those who are unawares, Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists of all disciplines. They are not just interested in funding a project to see it succeed; they are interested in nurturing artists to create sustainable practices so that the artists succeed. They are amazing and if you don’t know about them, please check them out. However, like most grantmaking and artist support orgs, they are limited in the number of projects they can take on each year. Which of course does not diminish the number of exciting and worthy projects that they review. For these projects that are dear to them, but do not capture that final funding gold ring, they have created On Our Radar. On Our Radar is a searchable database featuring nearly 400 projects that advanced to the second or third round in the highly competitive Film/Video and Visual Arts grant round last year. Although these projects were not ultimately funded, they felt the need to create a space to showcase this incredible work.

It’s our first big chunk of downtime at the Flaherty Seminar.  We’ve seen some great work so far and started some interesting discussions.
I had the privilege of attending a tribute to Ricky Leacock over the weekend at MIT's Media Lab. The program was filled with honest, funny, and moving stories from those who knew him best - his collaborators, his students, and, of course, his beloved family.
It was standing room only at the LEF/DocYard sponsored panel "When Does A Story Become a Film?: From Idea to Documentary" at IFFB on Sunday. Filmmaker Chico Colvard teased stories from his non-fiction colleagues Annie Sundberg, Ian Cheney, Jeanne Jordan and Steve Ascher to hear their many lessons learned in the field.

In an attempt to end my own laments at the long, thoughtful and studied blog entry on women in the documentary field in New England that I lost to the four corners, I instead make this appeal to everyone to step away from the computer and go meet someone in person.

 

I was excited to learn that the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be working with Rick Prelinger from the Prelinger Archives for this year’s Thematic Program – all things archival.

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.

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 already time to start thinking about the fall film festivals and your hit list of "must attends," ESPECIALLY for New England filmmakers, should include the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) taking place Sept. 30th through Oct. 3rd! 
Guest blogging on Ted Hope’s TRULY FREE FILM this week, filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly talk about their experience creating and distributing their remarkable documentary film THE WAY WE GET BY.
If it’s too late for you to start bilingual-immersion kindergarten like the kids in Speaking in Tongues, second-language films are one way to get exposure
Among the many satisfying elements of working in the world of documentary funding is seeing a project that your foundation supports gain further recognition, grant support, and accolades from the industry broadly. At LEF, one name that we frequently see stand out in the crowd of funders is CINEREACH.

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