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KEEP THE LIGHTS ON: Now On DVD/VOD/Digital Download by


Keep the Lights On has received a lot of great end-of-year news, being named on many Top 10 lists, as well as receiving the Dorian Award for Best LGBT Film of the Year, and a GLAAD Media Award nomination for “Best Film in Limited Release”

Nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Film and Best Actor (Thure Lindhardt), Keep the Lights On is now available for home viewing on DVD, BluRay, and on VOD/Digital Download. Included on the DVD are never-before-seen deleted scenes, the original audition videos from Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth, as well as In Search of Avery Willard, the film-within-the film which has found success on the festival circuit in its own right.

Here’s where you can find Keep the Lights On to view in the comfort of your own home:

Amazon – DVD, BluRay, Amazon Instant Video

Netflix – DVD, BluRay

iTunes – Digital Rental / Purchase

InDemand – Check you local cable provider


Google Play


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Music Box Films Acquires KEEP THE LIGHTS ON!! by

New York, NY (March 12, 2012) – Music Box Films announced today that the company is acquiring all North American rights to KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, the latest film from Ira Sachs. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  Subsequently, at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, it received the Teddy Award, the prize for the best film with an LGBT theme.

In his autobiographically inspired, fictional relationship drama KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, filmmaker – and recipient of Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize in 2005 for his film FORTY SHADES OF BLUE – Ira Sachs chronicles the emotionally and sexually charged journey through the love, addiction, and friendship of two men (portrayed by Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth). The film was produced by Sachs, Marie Therese Guirgis, and Lucas Joaquin, and the stellar supporting cast includes Julianne Nicholson (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire), Souléymane Sy Savané (GOODBYE SOLO) and Paprika Steen (APPLAUSE). The film will screen at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival next month.

Written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON is an honest, unflinching portrait of a relationship between two men in New York City. Despite meeting through a casual sexual encounter, documentary filmmaker Erik (Lindhardt) and closeted lawyer Paul (Booth) find a deeper connection and become bonded in an almost decade-long relationship defined by highs, lows and dysfunctional patterns. Through it all, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity and to be true to himself.

Ed Arentz, Managing Director of Music Box Films, said: “We’ve been fans of Ira Sachs since THE DELTA so its a special treat to be able to present his latest film. Ira gets the big, little and difficult things right in KEEP THE LIGHTS ON: the thrill and evanescence of desire, the endurance of love, the unknowableness of others and the sense of time going by. His homage to legendary New York photographer and filmmaker James Bidgood is an added bonus.”

Noted Sachs: “Music Box has proven itself in a few short years to be a cutting edge distributor with a sophisticated understanding of both the market and cinema.  Ed and Bill have a keen eye for films that have a potential to breakout from the independent landscape, and I’m excited by their ambition and excitement for Keep the Lights On.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by Marie Therese Guirgis (Producer of Keep the Lights On) and Kevin Iwashina (Preferred Content), with William Schopf, president of Music Box Films.

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In case you were not in Berlin this past week to watch Keep The Lights On win the Teddy Award for Best Narrative Film at the Berlin Film Festival, now you can watch the whole ceremony. Ira Sachs, Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth pick up their prize at the 71:50 mark, although if you watch the whole thing you can see Stereo Total, Peaches, and a cute boy who can stand on six suitcases on one hand and do the splits. Sounds like a lot more fun than Sunday’s Oscars will be!