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Launched in 2010 by Sara Archambault, Sean Flynn, and Ben Fowlie, the DocYard is an award-winning film and discussion series at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, and which also sponsors special screenings and co-presentations throughout the year. Each screening is a new experience as we connect audiences directly with filmmakers exploring the documentary form through insightful post-screening discussions.

Since its inception, the DocYard has helped to bring over 150 films and filmmakers to Cambridge. In 2011, the DocYard was awarded a Special Commendation by the Boston Society of Film Critics for “presenting a vibrant forum for the Boston documentary community to see important new non-fiction works and to have meaningful discussions with the filmmakers.” In 2014, the DocYard was voted a BostInno “50 on Fire” Media Award Winner.

Our commitment to sharing and promoting cutting edge work in documentary is emphasized by the community we call home. Boston has long been a center for documentary filmmaking. It continues to be a place where students come to learn and experiment; where world- renowned documentary filmmakers are teaching and creating work; and where the craft is continually being developed and expanded.  Many filmmakers breaking new ground in non-fiction storytelling today are building on Boston’s rich legacy of documentary and innovation of the form.

The DocYard is a program of the LEF Foundation. 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 New England office in Cambridge, MA. LEF New England supports the work of independent documentary film and video artists in the region and broadens recognition and support for their work nationally and locally.  The Moving Image Fund has awarded $4 million in grant funding to over 300 projects.

The DocYard Team

Abby Sun

DocYard Spring 2020 Guest Curator 

Abby Sun is a writer, programmer, and filmmaker. She the spring 2020 Guest Curator for the DocYard, returning to Cambridge/Somerville by way of her home state of Missouri. She has bylines in Film CommentFilmmaker Magazine, and Hyperallergic, and has served as an industry representative on panels for the NEA, SFFILM, the LEF Foundation, the IDA’s Getting Real conference, TIFF Doc Conference, and other filmmaker funding and support organizations. Her latest short film, “Cuba Scalds His Hand” (co-directed with Daniel Garber) premiered at Maryland Film Festival in 2019. Abby is on the advisory board for SVLLY(wood) and previously held positions as the senior editor for Nat. Brut and programmer for True/False Film Fest. She holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College, where she also works as a teaching assistant.

Lyda Kuth

Executive Director, LEF Foundation

Lyda is a founding board member and current Executive Director of the LEF Foundation. She has been recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council with the prestigious Commonwealth Award and honored by Women in Film and Video New England with the Image Award for Vision & Excellence in the media arts.  In 2005, she joined the Creative Capital board and currently serves as its Chair.  In addition to her philanthropic work, she is also an independent filmmaker.  In 2011, she had her debut as director/producer with her film, Love and Other Anxieties; and served as  executive producer for Secundaria, with director Mary Jane Doherty, which premiered in 2013.

Genevieve Carmel

DocYard Series Coordinator; Program Officer, LEF Foundation

Gen joined the LEF Foundation in 2013, where she also works as Series Coordinator for the DocYard. A Cambridge native with a background in film & cultural studies, she has a degree in social anthropology from Harvard College, and is equally fascinated by the moving image as an art form and by how films are produced, distributed, and interpreted across various social and cultural contexts. After receiving a Harvard-China Fellowship in 2010, she lived and worked in Beijing for three years as a festival coordinator and independent film programmer. Outside of her work at LEF, she makes films, programs the screening series Crows & Sparrows, serves on the selection committee for the Revolutions Per Minute Film Festival, and is a member of the AgX Film Collective, an artist-run film lab in Boston with an open membership that supports and celebrates the unique artistic possibilities of photochemical filmmaking.

Hannah Garfield

DocYard Communications Assistant

Hannah joined DocYard in September 2019 as the communications assistant. She was born and raised in Massachusetts but spent the last four years at Elon University where she earned a BFA in Cinema and Television Arts and a BA in Media Analytics. Hannah has previously worked with the Woods Hole Film Festival as communications intern, filmmaker relations manager, and communications assistant. While at Elon, Hannah worked on several film projects and served as producer for a student run, TV game show Win Stuff.