Of the five-and-a-half films I took in (I sampled Lovesong for a half-hour while killing time between two other movies and was not sorry to walk out early), the three best ones all dealt with issues of family in emotionally complex, compelling and sometimes funny ways.
Vito Russo, the legendary gay and AIDS activist whose achievements have already earned him a biography and several film documentaries, is best known as the author of The Celluloid Closet and as a co-founder of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
As a director, Sachs evokes the masterly Robert Altman, as in an extraordinary sequence that takes us from George and Ben's quietly majestic wedding back to the Manhattan apartment that they share, and where their loved ones gather to marvel at the strength of their bond.
Tank Burt is no stranger to the intimacy of the unsaid. As a director she's been honing her craft with shorts like Skateboard, Skateboard, a coming-of-age story told virtually without dialogue, and now she's made her feature debut as an actress.
Love feels almost witnessed rather than created, immersing us in one particular story by reflecting how we all interact daily, the casual intimacies and the deep, frustrations large and small -- among lovers, family and adopted family.
The Day for Night series traveled to Sundance to talk to some of the filmmakers and cast with films playing at the festival this year. Today's installment includes the teams behind Love is Strange, Land Ho! and Fishing Without Nets.
This week I talked with filmmaker Ira Sachs about his new film, Keep the Lights On, which chronicles an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship and addiction.