Ira Sachs was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1965, and moved to New York after graduating from Yale University with a BA in Literature and Film Theory. His films, including the features MARRIED LIFE (2007), THE DELTA (1997), and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning FORTY SHADES OF BLUE (2005), have been screened at the Berlin, Toronto, New York, Rotterdam, and London Film Festivals, as well as in most of the major gay and lesbian film festivals worldwide. A recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1999, Sachs has been an Adjunct Professor in the MFA Program at the Columbia University School of Film, a creative advisor at the Sundance Director’s Lab, and a fellow at both the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He is presently working on a new feature, THE GOODBYE PEOPLE, co-written with Oren Moverman, and adapted from the fiction of screenwriter and novelist Gavin Lambert. His 2012 feature, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.