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First Look: Keep The Lights On’s Teaser Trailer by

We’re excited to premiere Keep The Lights On‘s amazing teaser trailer in advance of our Sundance World Premiere on January 20th in Park City. Eagle eyes may also notice the Berlin Film Festival laurels at the beginning of the trailer, of course. Keep The Lights On will make its European premiere in the Panorama section of the long-running and very prestigious German festival. Since the Berlin Film Festival makes an appearance as a setting in the film, it’s only fitting. We hope you enjoy it! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Director’s Commentary: Ira Sachs on Queer Film by

To my admittedly biased mind, the overlooked movie news story of last year was the return of queer films to some semblance of public (read: crossover) consciousness. Andrew Haigh’s Weekend led the charge, but was equally well-matched by Dee Rees’ Pariah (in theaters now!), Rashaad Ernesto Green’s Gun Hill Road, Maryam Keshavarz’s Circumstance, and Céline Sciamma’s Tomboy. All of these films made a critical and popular splash upon their arrival in theaters this year to the thrill of queer film enthusiasts and filmmakers. Though one might be quick to connect these films’ success to the frequent news stories about gay prejudice, bullying, and human rights, one can’t overlook the fact that each of these films are also well made, stylistically consistent, and created by filmmakers unafraid to tell honest stories that reflect the real lives LGBT people live every day. With Keep the Lights On premiering in just over 2 weeks at Sundance, we’re hoping that this trend continues. Above, KTLO director Ira Sachs discusses the state of queer film today and the link between capitalism and telling queer stories. We’d love to hear your take on the state of queer film today in the comments below!

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The Last Day by

On the last day of shooting, Keep the Lights On videographer Onur Karoaglu spent some time documenting the final hours of principal photography. If you’ve ever been on a film set, you’ll recognize the mix of exhaustion and jubilation that lingers in the air. Funny to think this was only a few months ago, and now we’re premiering at Sundance in just over a month!

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Sundance Screening Schedule by


The dates for our World Premiere screenings at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival have been announced! On January 20th, at 8:30PM at the Library Center Theatre in Park City, UT, Sundance audiences will get to see what director Ira Sachs and cast and crew have worked so hard on this past year. Five additional screenings have been scheduled throughout the duration of the festival, and you can visit our Movie page or our Sundance page to see when, and get details on how to purchase tickets. We hope to see you there!

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Day 147: My Boyfriend Boris by


My boyfriend Boris loves the movie. I can sleep at night. That sounds more facetious maybe than I mean it, because I mean it. But sometimes one strong response — he’s a bad liar — is the thing you can hold on to, through the other bumps, other responses.  It also means that in the year ahead, I can keep his opinion, his pride, in my head and know that I have an audience. Someone close to me understood what I was up to, and thinks I succeeded. More…

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Director’s Commentary Part 2 by

In the second part of my in-depth interview with director Ira Sachs, conducted prior to the filming of Keep The Lights On, I asked Sachs about something we’ve devoted a whole section to on our site: the way autobiography intersects with our art-making process. Sachs also discusses another autobiographical film that influenced him, as well as how his decision to live “as transparently as possible” led to him writing the film. It’s interesting to consider Sachs’ responses, which seem so assured and confident, coming after his dramatic production diary post from last week where he realized, upon watching a first cut, that the film was definitely him. To my mind, it shows that the work involved in opening yourself up in the creative process is constantly evolving as one’s autobiography.