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Bain exec’s foundation partners with filmmaker Ken Burns to offer $200,000 grant

Jonathan Lavine and his wife, Jeannie, teamed up with noted documentary filmmaker Ken Burns to offer a $200,000 grant.

Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation, the foundation of Jonathan Lavine, the co-managing partner of Bain Capital, and his wife, Jeannie, together with Better Angels Society and the Library of Congress have created the Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film.

The award is for documentary filmmakers that use original research and compelling narrative to tell stories touching on some aspect of American history.

"My wife and I firmly believe we have been incredibly lucky, and as my career has progressed, we feel it is very important to give back," Mr. Lavine said in an interview. Mr. Lavine declined to give the asset size of the foundation.

The mission of their Boston-based foundation is to level the playing field by helping to create a fairer and more just society, he explained. The Lavines have supported Mr. Burns, a renowned documentary filmmaker, in the past including giving money for his 2016 documentary, "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War," a story of an American minister and his wife who helped rescue Jewish children and intellectuals among other refugees fleeing from the Nazis.

The winner of the Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film will receive a $200,000 grant to help with the final production of his or her film. The submission deadline for the inaugural prize is June 1.

More information about the award and submission guidelines are available on the Better Angels Society's website.