“Keep the Lights On” Director Ira Sachs Gets Retrospective At Museum Of Moving Image

With Keep the Lights On filmmaker Ira Sachs had one of the most acclaimed films, straight or gay, to hit the film-festival circuit this summer. A hit at Sundance, the film is a fictionalization of Sachs’s own rocky ten-year relationship with literary agent Bill Clegg. (Watch Queerty’s exclusive Sundance interview with Sachs here.)

Now the director—who also directed the gay interracial drama The Delta—is getting a career retrospective at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York: “Looking for Love: The Films of Ira Sachs” runs from August 25 to September 4 and screens all of Sach’s feature films and a selection of shorts, with a discussion with the director after each. Moving Image curator David Schwartz says Sachs, “has quietly become a significant American filmmaker, with a body of work marked by intelligence, intimacy, and emotional authenticity.”

On the final day of the series, the museum is hosting a preview screening of Keep the Lights On. If you liked Weekend, this is a film you do not want to miss. Trust.

Above is a trailer for Lights, while below is the full version of Sachs’s 1994 short “Lady,” which plays with sexual and gender ambiguity. In addition to The Delta, other works in the series include Forty Shades of Blue, Married Life and  the short film “Last Address,” which explores the exteriors of various houses, apartments and lofts where a generation of New York artists died of AIDS.


“Looking for Love: The Films of Ira Sachs” screens August 25 to September 4 at the Museum of the Moving Image.