When “Love and Other Anxieties” had its area premiere at the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFB) in April, a who’s who of the local film world packed the Somerville Theatre and filled it with thunderous applause. They came in support of the documentary’s first-time director, Lyda Kuth.
The name probably means little to most movie audiences. But for New England documentary filmmakers, it often means the difference between taking a risk or not, between finishing a film or not. Kuth is the executive director of LEF Foundation New England. In its 10 years of funding regional cinema, the organization’s Moving Image Fund has supported 200 independent filmmaker projects with approximately $3.5 million in grants at various phases of production.