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