Discipline: Film/Video

Ira Sachs

Discipline: Film/Video
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2001

Ira Sachs is a filmmaker and longtime New Yorker. Sachs was born in Memphis.

His films include The Delta (1997), Forty Shades of Blue (2005), Married Life (2007), Keep the Lights On (2012), and Love Is Strange (2014). Forty Shades of Blue won the 2005 Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize. He described Keep the Lights On as semi-autobiographical. His newest film, Little Men, with Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, and Paulina Garcia, premiered at Sundance in 2016 and open in cinemas the same year.

His short film, Last Address, honoring a group of NYC artists who died of AIDS, has been included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum and MoMA. A 2013 Guggenheim recipient, Sachs is also the founder and Executive Director of Queer/Art, a non-profit arts organization based in NYC that provides support for LGBTQ artists across disciplines and generations.

Portrait by Jeong Park


New Hampshire

Ira Sachs worked in the New Hampshire studio.

New Hampshire Studio, originally named Peterborough Studio, was given to MacDowell by Mr. and Mrs. William Schofield, Mrs. H. A. Chamberlain, Mrs. Andrew Draper, and Miss Ruth Cheney. The studio was renamed in 1943. The Gilbert Verney Foundation established an endowed maintenance fund in 1990, and a bequest in memory of MacDowell Fellow Victor Candell underwrote the…

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