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Join us on Facebook on Sunday, February 7 at 6pm EST for a conversation and live Q&A about Lynne Sachs’s newest documentary, a personal look at memory, familial love, and the unknowability of parents to their children. Sachs will discuss the movie with art historian, critic and long-time friend to the filmmaker, Kathy O’Dell and Artistic Director, Christy LeMaster and then take questions form the audience. RSVP and attend here: https://www.facebook.com/events/343943780059804


For more than thirty years, Lynne Sachs has constructed short, bold mid-length, and feature films incorporating elements of the essay film, collage, performance, and observational documentary. Her highly self-reflexive films have variously explored the relations between the body, camera, and the materiality of film itself; histories of personal, social, and political trauma; marginalized communities and their labor; and her own family life, slipping seamlessly between modes, from documentary essays to diaristic shorts.” (Edo Choi, Asst. Curator, Museum of the Moving Image)

Between 1994 and 2006, Lynne produced five essay films that took her to Vietnam, Bosnia, Israel, Italy and Germany—sites affected by international war–where she looked at the space between a community’s collective memory and her own subjective perceptions.Witnessing the world through a feminist lens, she expresses intimacy by the way she uses her camera. With the making ofYour Day is My Night(2013) and The Washing Society(2018), she expanded her practice to include live performance. As of 2020, she has made 37 films.

The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Festival International Nuevo Cine in Havana, China Women’s Film Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest have all presented retrospectives of her work. She received a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts. Tender Buttons Press published her first book Year by Year Poems in 2019. On the occasion of the January, 2021 virtual theater release of her latest feature, Film About a Father Who, a kaleidoscopic portrait of the artist’s maddeningly mercurial father, Museum of the Moving Image is currently presenting a career-ranging survey of Lynne’s work. Lynne lives in Brooklyn with her husband filmmaker Mark Street. Together, they have two daughters, Maya and Noa Street-Sachs.

Lynne’s website: www.lynnesachs.com


Kathy O’Dell teaches art history and museum studies, and is Special Assistant to the Dean for Education and Arts Partnerships, at the University

of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where her research focuses on performance, issues of violence, global art, and the importance of the esoteric. She was co-founder of Link: A Critical Journal on the Arts in Baltimore and the World, a series of 10 book-length journals published between 1995 and 2005, is author of Contract with the Skin: Masochism, Performance Art, and the 1970s (University of Minnesota Press), and is currently working on a book titledThe Dot: A Small History of a Big Point. In 1997, she curated the first retrospective of the artwork of feminist writer Kate Millett, and in 2017 curated Gun Show, an exhibition of 112 facsimile assault rifles fabricated from found objects by Baltimore-based sculptor David Hess to generate discussion of one of today’s most volatile issues.* Both exhibitions originated at UMBC’s Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, then traveled. Dr. O’Dell she sits on the Maryland Public Art Commission and on the Boards of Maryland Art Place (MAP) and the Baltimore County Arts Guild.

*David Hess’s gun project was also the subject of local filmmaker Richard Chisolm’s award-winning documentary Gun Show, 2019.

Over a period of 35 years between 1984 and 2019, filmmaker Lynne Sachs shot 8 mm and 16mm film,

videotape and digital images of her father, Ira Sachs Sr., a bon vivant and pioneering businessman from

Park City, Utah. Film About a Father Who is her attempt to understand the web that connects a child to her

parent and a sister to her siblings.

With a nod to the Cubist renderings of a face, Sachs’ cinematic exploration of her father offers

simultaneous, sometimes contradictory, views of one seemingly unknowable man who is publicly the

uninhibited center of the frame yet privately ensconced in secrets. With this meditation on fatherhood and

masculinity, Sachs allows herself and her audience to see beneath the surface of the skin, beyond the

projected reality. As the startling facts mount, she discovers more about her father than she had ever

hoped to reveal.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    74 min
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Filmmaker
    Lynne Sachs
  • Cast
    Ira Sachs, Sr., Lynne Sachs
  • Cinematographer
    Lynne Sachs, Ira Sachs, Jr., Ira Sachs, Sr.
  • Editor
    Rebecca Shapass
  • Sound Design
    Kevin. T. Allen
  • Music
    Stephen Vitiello