September 2021 Newsletter
LEF Moving Image Fund Grantee News
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NORTH BY CURRENT (85 min), directed by Angelo Madsen Minax and produced by Felix Endara, is screening at the DocYard (TONIGHT, September 13 in person at the Brattle, September 10-16 virtual screening window).

NORTH BY CURRENT will also be screening at the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) (September 17 in person, Sept 19-27 virtual screening window), and at these other upcoming events.

Seven New England-based filmmaking teams with feature documentaries in production or post-production have been selected to attend this year's Camden International Film Festival as LEF-CIFF Fellows, including Amy Jenkins (ADAM'S APPLE), Kathryn Ramey (EL SIGNO VACÍO), Silvia Castaños (HUMMINGBIRDS), Alex Morelli (UNTITLED DEATH ROW MEMORY FILM), Leigh Morfoot & Jason Morfoot (SCHOOL DISTRICT), Shirley Kim-Ryu & Eben Portnoy (KAKSORI!) and Jason Mann (THE STAR OF HOPE).

Three filmmaking teams with LEF-supported works-in-progress have been selected to take part in some of CIFF's other fellowship cohorts attending the festival: Adam Mazo & Jared Lank (UNTITLED MARGARET MOXA FILM) are participating in the 4th World Indigenous Media Lab, Carolina González Valencia (THE CLEANING WRITER) is participating in the BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship cohort attending CIFF, and Khary Saeed Jones (NIGHT FIGHT) is participating in the Points North Fellowship.

MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY (81 min), directed and produced by Lisa Molomot and Jeff Bemiss, is screening at the Boston Latino International Film Festival (September 30 - October 3 virtual screening window for those based in Massachusetts).

Previous LEF grantees Kathryn Ramey, Mary Jirmanus Saba, and Luis Arnías have been selected as FSC-Harvard Fellows during the 2021-2022 academic year, joining this year's FSC-LEF Fellow Khary Saeed Jones.

Georden West's LEF-funded project PLAYLAND was featured over the summer in this article from WBUR's The Artery.

LEF-supported filmmaker Rudy Hypolite (director of BLACK BARBERSHOPS AND SALONS: NEIGHBORHOOD OASIS) has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary for his prior work THIS AIN'T NORMAL, which is also currently available to watch via SHOWTIME.

Abigail Child's LEF-funded film ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES is now available to stream on iTunes, and was also bought for broadcast by Al Jazeera and translated into Italian, German, Japanese, French, Polish, Swedish, and Norwegian for global distribution.

Jenifer McShane's LEF-funded film ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS is now free for unlimited streaming through May 2022 as a mental health crisis response skill-building resource for law enforcement agencies in the U.S. who register here with code: EJCC-LE.
Do you have LEF grantee news or an artist opportunity open to New England filmmakers that you'd like to share? LEF New England is accepting submissions for future newsletter announcements on a rolling basis through the following form. We'd love to hear from you!
Reminder: We're Hiring!
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The LEF Foundation is seeking someone to join our team as Program Officer. The position will be four days per week starting on or about October 25, 2021, on a remote/work-from-home basis with some in-person meetings and assignments.

The Program Officer’s role involves a range of responsibilities, including grantmaking, communications and publicity, coordination of affiliated filmmaker programs and fellowships, and general administrative duties.

See the full job description here and please write to with any questions or to apply. The deadline to apply is September 20 at 12pm Eastern Time.
Upcoming Film Opportunities
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The Loop Lab Hiring Interim Production Manager (ASAP)
The Loop Lab is a BIPOC-led nonprofit social enterprise specializing in media arts internships and digital storytelling in Greater Boston. They are currently seeking an Interim Production Manager, starting ASAP through the end of the year (December 31, 2021).

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BLAA and Coolidge Corner Theatre Open Screening (Next Deadline: September 15)
An open screening for any and all Boston-based LGBTQIA+ filmmakers. This series intends to support Boston’s queer film artists by fostering a critical audience and creating an informal network of creative peers.

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ITVS Diversity Development Fund (Deadline: September 17)
Diversity Development Fund gives producers of color up to $25,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for public media. The documentary can be on any subject, viewpoint or style as long as it is in development or pre-production.

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MCC Local Cultural Council Grants (Deadline: October 15)
The largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, the Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program enriches the cultural life of all cities and towns in Massachusetts. Led by municipally appointed volunteers, LCCs award over $4 million every year, supporting 6,000 cultural programs. Contact your LCC to apply for a grant.

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MacDowell Colony Summer 2022 Fellowships (Deadline: January 15)
Applications open on October 15 for Summer 2022 Fellowships! About 300 artists in seven disciplines are awarded Fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. There are no residency fees. Travel grants as well as need-based stipends are available to open the residency experience to the broadest possible community of artists. Artists with professional standing in their fields, as well as emerging artists, are eligible to apply. MacDowell encourages artists from all backgrounds and all countries in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts.

What We're Reading/Listening To
Check out the latest newsletter from Sentient.Art.Film, a local Boston-based film distributor.

This month, Gen has been reading The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen, including short stories and longer fiction works by the Harlem Renaissance author whose most notable novella, Passing, was adapted by director Rebecca Hall into the 2021 feature film by the same name. Next on Gen's reading list is Jean Casimir's The Haitians: A Decolonial History, which is the subject of a book club this fall, free for all to participate in virtually.

Thanks for reading and till next time,

The LEF New England team
Lyda & Gen

LEF Foundation
PO Box 382066
Cambridge, MA 02238
A private family foundation dedicated to the support of contemporary arts, LEF was established in 1985 with offices in Massachusetts and California. The Moving Image Fund was launched in 2001 through the LEF office in Cambridge, MA to support independent film and video artists. Since its inception, the Moving Image Fund has awarded over 400 grants to New England-based independent filmmakers with approximately $4.2 million in funding. The goal of LEF New England is to fund the work of independent documentary film and video artists in the region and to broaden recognition and support for their work locally and nationally. It also supports programs that highlight the rich history and ongoing legacy of innovation within New England's independent film community. The overarching goal of LEF New England's philanthropic investment is to help build a sustainable and strong community of support for artists and their work.