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Sundance Grand Prize-winning filmmaker Ira Sachs (40 Shades of Blue) is fundraising for his new feature, Keep the Lights On, through Kickstarter. Here, from his Kickstarter page:

I began working on Keep the Lights On with my co-writer Mauricio Zacharias because we were both frustrated by how few films exist that reflect life as we have known it as gay men living in New York City. I also wanted to make a very personal film, in the vein of some of the filmmakers that I have most loved, artists like Jean Eustache, Jacques Nolot, Chantal Akerman, and that great film-memoirist Ingmar Bergman. Inspired by the ten years of my last relationship, Keep the Lights On tells the story of two men torn apart by addiction and secrets, but bound together by love and hopefulness. It’s a story fueled by shame that I intend to make shamelessly. My hope is that when completed Keep the Lights On will be an honest new work that can be added to the short list of dramatic films that have been made about the contemporary gay experience.

I’ve read this script and it’s excellent. Ira’s a great directors who has been active in the independent community and exceedingly generous with his mentorship and support of other filmmakers. Please consider supporting his new project. His concept reel is below.

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