In recent years, films such as Weekend and Pariah have told stories about LGBT people with a fresh, poignant approach to storytelling that feels both naturalistic and delicately composed. In that same vein, and sure to be one of the standout films of this year’s festival, is Keep the Lights On, which examines a decadelong relationship between two men in New York City. Though the film deals head-on with issues facing the contemporary gay community, including fidelity and addiction, it also tells a deeply personal story that plays out with sometimes startling authenticity. Join writer/director Ira Sachs (who previously brought the award-winning Forty Shades of Blue to Sundance) and others for a discussion on the film’s creation and its place in the queer cinema canon.
Panelists: Ira Sachs (Co-writer/Director), Zachary Booth (Actor), Mauricio Zacharias (Co-writer), Thimios Bakatakis (Director of Photography), and B. Ruby Rich (Film Critic and Historian, UC Santa Cruz).
Moderator: Kyle Buchanan (Film Editor, New York Magazine)
The panel will be followed by a complimentary reception.