February 2021 Newsletter
LEF Moving Image Fund Grantee News
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A RECKONING IN BOSTON (83 minutes), directed by James Rutenbeck and produced by Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler, will have its world premiere at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival from February 21-24. You can purchase a ticket to watch an exclusive preview of the film now through February 8 at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival with the opportunity to take part in a free online filmmaker Q&A on Saturday, February 6 at 10pm ET (7pm PT). The film will have its broadcast premiere on the PBS series Independent Lens later this year.

Gabby Sumney, who recently received a LEF Moving Image Fund grant for their project PARADISE, is the first artist to be featured in Trans Experimental, a group show of experimental film and animation by trans artists in the greater Boston area, curated by local filmmaker Hogan Seidel and organized by the Boston LGBTQAI Artist Alliance (BLAA). The works in the series will be on view from mid-February through mid-April, 2021 at Fountain Street Gallery's Sidewalk Video Gallery in Boston, a public outdoor viewing gallery for video and other digital media art.

After its premiere in Fall 2020 at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Southern Documentary Feature, the LEF-supported documentary MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY (81 minutes) by Jeff Bemiss and Lisa Molomot is available to screen online now through February 8 at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. The film will have its broadcast premiere on the PBS series Independent Lens in Fall 2021.

WHERE THE PAVEMENT ENDS (79 minutes) directed by Jane Gillooly and produced by Jane Gillooly, Aparna Agrawal, and Khary Saeed Jones, is a featured film at the Yerba Center for the Arts & the San Francisco Urban Film Festival from February 14-21. The closing night screening of the film will be followed by a livestreamed panel discussion on February 21 at 7:30 ET (4:30pm PT) with Gillooly accompanied by social justice artist/photographer Tonika Johnson and geography scholar Dr. Brandi Summers. Additionally, PBS/World Channel is re-broadcasting Where the Pavement Ends on America ReFramed on February 23, at 8 PM ET).
The DocYard
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The DocYard will be bringing an exciting new slate of nonfiction cinema to your virtual screening watch lists for its Spring 2021 season on February 12, with Curator Abby Sun and Series Producer Kayla Myers at the helm. Follow The DocYard for the program announcement coming soon!

Meanwhile, passes for the season are already on sale! The $30 pass gives you access to all 8 Spring 2021 films included in the programming for the upcoming season, and a FREE DocYard 10th anniversary tote bag, all while supporting The DocYard and our venue partners at the Brattle Theatre!
Upcoming Filmmaker Opportunities
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BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship (Deadline: Feb 14)
US-based filmmakers are invited to apply for this 10-month fellowship program for documentaries nearing post-production. The program offers $10,000 in funding, workshops, mentorship, festival passes, and a built-in peer support network.

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Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowships (Deadline: Feb 8)
The MCC's Artist Fellowships are direct grants to MA-based artists to recognize exceptional original work. Artist Fellowships are $15,000, and Finalist awards are $1,500. In 2021, the MCC is accepting Artist Fellowship applications in six categories, including Film/Video.

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2021-22 FSC-Harvard Fellowships (Deadline: Feb 16)
Applications for FSC-Harvard Fellowships support advanced work in film, video, photography, and sound, especially through nonfiction. The fellowship offers free access to production equipment, post-production facilities, and series of cohort work-in-progress sessions over the course of the 2021-22 academic year. Applicants must be affiliated with Harvard.

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IF/Then x Hulu Short Documentary Lab (Open until capacity reached)
IF/Then Shorts, in partnership with Hulu Documentary Films invites short-documentary filmmakers based anywhere in North America and the Caribbean to take part in the Inaugural IF/Then x Hulu Short Documentary Lab. During this year-long opportunity, four teams will receive a $25,000 grant, mentorship across production and distribution and pro-bono legal support.


What We're Reading/Listening To
The DocYard's Curator Abby Sun has been writing daily dispatches for Filmmaker Magazine on her experience of the Sundance Film Festival's virtual programming this year.

The Lucid Dreaming Podcast is hosted by film curator and writer Pamela Cohn, featuring in-depth conversations with filmmakers working across documentary and experimental filmmaking practices.

Local filmmaker Frankie Symonds has recently joined Boston Hassle as one of its Arts + Culture editors, sharing this ongoing open call for New England artists and curators who would like to share their work and/or collaborate with Boston Hassle as a DIY arts & culture guide with a focus on supporting independent and marginalized artists in Boston and New England.

This January article in The New Republic calls for a renewed artist labor movement, echoing this series of recent essays by artists and filmmakers including Brett Story and the members of the New Negress Film Society who share their visions of more local, community-centered, and artist-run support networks for filmmakers.
Thanks for reading and till next time,

The LEF New England team
Lyda & Gen

LEF Foundation
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Cambridge, MA 02238
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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.