Ira Sachs

Critically acclaimed writer-director Ira Sachs became one of the leading figures in gay cinema during the late-1990s and early 2000s with such intimate personal dramas as "Forty Shades of Blue" (2006), "Married Life" ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1964 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Director (9)

Love Is Strange 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Underground Zero 2014 (Movie)

("Untitled") (Director)

Keep the Lights On 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Last Address 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Married Life 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Forty Shades of Blue 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Delta 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Lady 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Vaudeville 1989 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

Love Is Strange 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Keep the Lights On 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Married Life 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Forty Shades of Blue 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Delta 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Vaudeville 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (5)

Love Is Strange 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Keep the Lights On 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Woman's Picture 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Married Life 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Forty Shades of Blue 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Critically acclaimed writer-director Ira Sachs became one of the leading figures in gay cinema during the late-1990s and early 2000s with such intimate personal dramas as "Forty Shades of Blue" (2006), "Married Life" (2007) and "Keep the Lights On" (2012). Born Nov. 21, 1965 in Memphis, TN, Sachs moved to New York City after graduating from Yale University with a degree in literature and film theory. Spurred to make films after absorbing the vibrant and thriving cinema scene in Paris, he made his directorial debut with "Lady" (1993), a short about gender-bending performer Dominique Dibbell. His first feature, "The Delta" (1996), concerned a teenager's journey of self-discovery as he explored the gay lifestyle. Filmed in Sachs' hometown, the film received two Producer's Award nominations from the Independent Spirit Awards as well as the Outstanding Emerging Talent from the 1997 Outfest film festival. After receiving a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1999, his next feature, 2006's "Forty Shades of Blue," concerned a young Russian woman (Dina Korzun) as she struggled to balance her relationship with a much older, hell-raising music producer (Rip Torn) and her own needs and desires. The critically acclaimed picture, which was inspired in part by Sachs' own father, captured the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, while also netting an Indie Spirit nomination for Korzun.

Milestones

2012

Directed indie drama "Keep the Lights On"; also co-wrote screenplay with Mauricio Zacharias

2007

Helmed crime drama "Married Life," starring Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, and Rachel McAdams

2005

Feature producing debut, "Forty Shades of Blue"; also wrote and directed

1996

Feature writing and directorial debut, "The Delta"

1996

Co-directed "Boy-Girl, Boy-Girl" with Stephen Cummins and Sara Whiteley

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