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Ira Sachs: “Tell Your Story”

Ira Sachs: "Tell Your Story"

A couple of weeks ago, on a warm July afternoon, I met up with some of the folks working with Ira Sachs on “Keep The Lights On,” his latest feature film. We sat out on the plaza at Lincoln Center and I heard more about plans for the film’s website.

“Keep The Lights On” has been gaining momentum over the past few months, generating considerable financing from a private fundraiser and then a Kickstarter campaign (more on the film in indieWIRE). Today, they launched the site. As Adam Baran explained in an email it’s more than a promo for the in-production movie. He described it in an email as a, “dynamic online magazine exploring the themes of the movie: identity, storytelling, art, autobiography and queer and independent cinema.”

The website will profile artists, showcase nearly lost films, explore Gay New York and more. Mostly, its about stories. Ira offered insight in a welcome message:

When I was in my 20s, I bought a painting from my friend Max Schumann. On a rectangular piece of cardboard, he had painted the words “TELL YOUR STORY” in white on a black background. I placed the painting on my wall above my desk. When, 20 years later, I ended a long relationship that had more secrets than one could count, I found Max’s painting in the back of a closet under stacks of old magazines. I don’t even know when I took it down. It’s back up now, welcoming people at the front door. This site is a call to arms. Tell your story. Keep the lights on.

(image via keepthelightsonfilm.com)

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