The LEF Moving Image Fund invests in films that demonstrate excellence in technique, strong storytelling ability, and originality of artistic vision and voice. The most recent round of awards to New England-based documentary filmmakers includes four grants of $2,500 to projects at the Early Development stage, and eight grants of $5,000 to projects at the Pre-production stage.
Professor Iyabo Kwayana has been awarded a NEF Early Development Grant for her film "Love in the Time of Corona", which she is producing and directing. LEF Program Officer Genevieve Carmel shared, "We couldn't be more excited to explore an expansion of LEF's Moving Image Fund in this way; our goal was to learn more about and support projects in development by filmmakers who have not been able to create a visual sample for their current work, whether due to COVID-19 or where some initial seed funding might address the unique requirements of a project."
Love in the Time of Corona is described this way: "During the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020, Ananda, a quantum physicist conducting interviews with prominent figures about the nature of reality, is on the brink of an existential crisis. Separated from her family, friends, and partner and witnessing an explosion of social unrest, she is thrust into a sobering yet magical journey that leads her towards a breakthrough in her understanding of quantum physics, the structures that separate humanity, and those that bind us together. A hybrid documentary, LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA will explore paradigm shifts including the crumbling of structures, ideas, and ways of being so as to make way for the birthing of realities unimagined, a reality that COVID-19 starkly illustrates"