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LEF Foundation Gives $5,000 in Support of JDP

LEF Foundation Awards $30,000 in Development Funds to New England Independent Documentary Filmmakers


The LEF Foundation is excited to announce 6 grants totaling $30,000 in development funds to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers. The LEF Moving Image Fund invests in innovative feature-length documentary films that demonstrate excellence in technique, strong storytelling ability, and originality of artistic vision and voice. The selected projects address a broad range of topics and a variety of approaches to the documentary form. All of these filmmakers bring a strong creative eye to their work and share a unique intimacy with their subjects. Additionally, the grantees represent a group of filmmakers at different stages in their artistic careers, from emerging to established artists.

Jason Pugatch & Max McMahon – Untitled Joe Donovan/Juvenile Lifers Project ($5,000)

Sixty-five inmates sentenced as teenagers to life without the possibility of parole in Massachusetts are about to get a second chance at freedom. On May 29, Joe Donovan, in prison for 22 years on a natural life sentence, became the first to seek release.