Production Diary

Day 62: First Day of Shooting by


Heading downstairs to go to set. Feeling excited, jittery, still calm, and mostly a sense of “Wow.” It’s not an important moment, in the world, and I have no interest in over-dramatizing it, but for me, right now, almost five years since I last shot a feature film—with all the unknowns and possibilities in front of me—I’m feeling a slight sense of breathlessness. And good fortune. And some elation even. More soon, but happy for the day.

Ira Sachs

writer, director, blogger

Ira Sachs is a writer and director based in New York City. His films include Married Life (2007), The Delta (1997) and the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Forty Shades of Blue. His most recent film, Last Address, a short work honoring a group of NYC artists who died of AIDS, has been added to the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA and played at the 2011 Venice BIennale. Sachs teaches in the Graduate Film department at NYU and is a fellow at both the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He is also the founder and co-curator of Queer/Art/Film, a monthly series held at the IFC Center in New York, as well as the newly established Queer/Art/Mentorship, a program that pairs and supports mentorship between queer working artists in NYC.

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