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On Sunday, March 9, I spent a beautiful (almost) spring-like day on the North Shore at Salem Film Fest, an all-documentary festival that seeks to provide a high quality film event for both local audiences and filmmakers – definitely a festival to keep on your radar!

The sound stylists at the Boolean Studio house band (aka Twin Goat) tagged yours truly as part of The Next Big Thing. Briefly, TNBT is a way for writers to promote recent projects by answering a set of standardized questions. Twin Goat thought why not musicians? And why not filmmakers too? Below are the questions I’ve been assigned to answer in regards to the film I’m producing, called Street Fighting Man (w.t.), for your edutainment. Enjoy!


We are so fortunate, here in Boston, to have the resources of the MIT Open Doc Lab in our backyard. Last night I attended “The People Formerly Known As the Subject,” a presentation by the amazing Katrina Cizek and Gerry Flahive – the minds and motivation behind HIGHRISE.
The Center for Social Media at American University has created yet another helpful and informative study examining the work of nonfiction filmmakers. This one is "Honest Truths: Documentary Filmmakers on Challenges in Their Work"; a report based on conversations with 45 filmmakers about the ethical challenges they face in the creation of their work and how they handle them.
Hats off to Channel 4 BRITDOC for taking on the huge challenge of tracking what kind of difference a documentary can make!
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.
Documentary work comes in all forms. At LEF, we focus on the long-format documentary film; however we appreciate the genre for all the ways artists help us to understand, capture, and question the real. One of the leading organizations in the country focusing on the craft of audio storytelling is the Third Coast International Audio Festival.
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! 
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.
Every time I get an email from Union Docs about what their programming is for the coming week, I want to jump in my car and drive immediately to Brooklyn to make sure I'm first in line.

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