Though director Ira Sachs was born in Memphis, Tennessee, he has lived in New York for the last 30 years.
After making several short films, Sachs released his first feature film in 1996. The Delta was screened at the Toronto, Rotterdam and L.A. Outfest film festivals, along with being nominated for the 1997 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. The film’s story centered on a privileged young man named Lincoln. Though Lincoln lives as straight, he has unanimous homosexual encounters with strangers on the downlow, eventually becoming involved with a black Vietnamese-born gay man.
Forty Shades of Blue, Sachs 2005 directorial offering, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The film depicts a love triangle between a famous music producer (Rip Torn), his much younger Russian girlfriend (Dina Korzun) and his adult son from a previous relationship (Darren E. Burrows).
Sachs most recent film, Married Life, is a drama set in the 1940’s staring Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson.