We are excited to announce the awarding of our first Film Study Center-LEF Foundation Fellowship to James Rutenbeck for his project “inVisible.” Rutenbeck’s film tells the story of two low-income Boston residents whose lives are transformed by a rigorous tuition-free night course in art, literature, history and philosophy. It also poses a question: Is their newly found sense of agency strong enough to deflect the inequities of wealth, health, and race in a rapidly gentrifying city?
The FSC-LEF Fellowship, open to Boston-area nonfiction filmmakers who are not currently affiliated with Harvard, aims to foster connections between Harvard filmmakers and those in the surrounding communities. One filmmaker per academic year will receive a $10,000 grant (jointly funded by FSC and LEF Foundation), access to FSC’s pool of production and post-production equipment, and the opportunity to participate in the Harvard FSC community through work-in-progress screenings, workshops, and other activities. Applications are accepted in the January round of the LEF Moving Image Fund production and post-production grant cycle.
We are looking forward to welcoming James into the FSC community for the academic year 2019-20, where we hope to support his project and learn from his long experience as an independent editor and director.