11/27/2012 08:39 pm ET

'Keep The Lights On': Get To Know Indie Spirit Surprise Nominee

When Film Independent announced the Spirit Award nominations for Best Feature, expected indie titles like "Silver Linings Playbook," "Bernie," "Beasts of The Southern Wild" and "Moonrise Kingdom" made the cut, as did one film that might have been unexpected: "Keep the Lights On."

Directed by filmmaker Ira Sachs, "Keep the Lights On" is about a documentarian named Erik (Thure Lindhardt, also nominated for a Spirt Award in the Best Male Lead category) and his boyfriend Paul (Zachary Booth), a formerly closeted lawyer with a increasingly dangerous drug problem.

"It's personally gratifying on many levels, not the least of which is seeing friends get recognition from [Film Independent]," said producer Jay Van Hoy to HuffPost Entertainment in a statement. "'Keep the Lights On' is such a personal and powerful story."

Van Hoy and his producing partner Lars Knudsen also worked on Spirit Award nominee "The Loneliest Planet" and "Here!" The duo produced "Beginners," the 2011 Indie Spirit favorite that won Christopher Plummer his Best Supporting Actor Oscar at the Academy Awards in February of this year.

For more on Van Hoy and Knudsen, check out a recent HuffPost Entertainment profile here. For more on the Spirit Awards, click here.