Congratulations to the Spring 2015 recipients of the LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund awards.
As a funder and resource for nonfiction filmmakers in New England, the LEF Foundation has helped bring to life an amazing – and important – array of nonfiction films (see a sampling in their highlight reel).
Among the most recent LEF grantees is past MCC awardee James Rutenbeck who, with Diana Fischer, received a $15,000 Production grant for The Clemente Project. The film explores the Clemente Course (a project of our sibling organization, Mass Humanities). The Clemente Course is a rigorous, college-level instruction in humanities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. James Rutenbeck’s past work includes Scenes from a Parish, a documentary about a Lawrence, Massachusetts parish working to transform its community (watch a clip).
The recent grantees also include a $25,000 Post-production grant for Ian Cheney for his film Bluespace, called “a science fiction-infused documentary about the changing waterways of New York City.” This year, Ian Cheney was a Knight Fellow at MIT.
Next Award Deadline: June 19
If you have a nonfiction film in the works, don’t miss the next deadline for Pre-production Funding: Friday, June 19, 2015. Learn more.
Beyond the Moving Image Fund, LEF also sponsors fellowships for New England filmmakers to attend the annual Flaherty Film Seminar in NYC. What’s more, LEF Program Director Sara Archambault is co-founder and co-director of The DocYard, a series of contemporary documentary films screening in the Boston area.
Images: stills from THE CLEMENTE PROJECT, a film in progress by James Rutenbeck & Diana Fischer and BLUESPACE, a film in progress by Ian Cheney.