Letter from LEF Program Director Sara Archambault
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
After 10 years at the LEF Foundation, I am stepping down as Program Director and will be transitioning into Producing full-time. As a native Rhode Islander and filmmaker, it has been an honor to serve the New England filmmaking community in so many ways - from launching new films, sustaining your work, and creating a space to convene and share in this fight to do meaningful work in the place we love best.
I owe thanks to so many. First, to LEF's fearless leader, Lyda Kuth - her example of generosity, responsive leadership, and risk-taking are influences I take with me. To my compatriots in arms over the years - Gen Carmel, Nellie Kluz, Kathryn Ostermeier - you were the best wing women I could have ever hoped for. To my colleagues from festivals, philanthropy, and artist support - thank you all for open doors, new perspectives, and countless inspirations.
Finally, to the New England filmmaking community, folks I've dreamt with and fought hard for, I will miss you most of all. Experiencing the creative evolutions of so many artists over the last 10 years has been a distinct joy and a privilege.
I am proud of the many contributions I've made to this community and to LEF during my tenure here. The DocYard is but one of them, and I will continue programming the series into the next year (come see me for some fantastic nonfiction cinema and a drink!).
For the coming months, my focus will be on the portfolio of documentary films I am
, work that is feeding me in new and deeply satisfying ways. Then, the road is open.
See you on the next stop along the way!