Dear Friends & KTLO Supporters:
It's been a good season for our little movie, and we wanted to share with you, our gracious supporters, news of some of the warm response Keep the Lights On has recently received. This week, we were very excited (and somewhat surprised!) to learn of our 4 Independent Spirit Awards nominations, including Best Feature, Best Director (Ira Sachs), Best Actor (Thure Lindhardt), and Best Original Screenplay (Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias). The yearly awards - the biggest ceremony for US Independent Film -- will be held in Santa Monica and televised live on IFC the night before the Oscar's on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
Recently, the French film journal Cahiers Du Cinema named KTLO as one of their Top 10 Films of the Year. They're tough critics, so we're proud to be part of an annual tradition that started in 1951. Throughout its 11-month festival run, the film has also received the following prizes and awards internationally:
Berlin Film Festival - Teddy Award for Best Queer Dramatic Film
Outfest/LA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – Best US Dramatic Feature, Best Screenplay
Philadelphia Q-Fest – Best Feature Film
Lisbon Queer Film Festival – Best Feature Film
Prague Queer Film Festival – Best Feature Film
LesGaiMadrid Film Festival – Best Director, Best Actor - Thure Lindhardt
Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – Award for Aesthetic Excellence
Asheville Q-Fest, Best Supporting Actor – Zachary Booth
Gotham Independent Film Nominee, Breakthrough Actor, Thure Lindhardt
We are also excited that KEEP THE LIGHTS ON will soon be available to home viewers, when the film is released on DVD, Blu-Ray, and VOD on January 22. It will include deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes documentary, the completed film-within-the-film In Search of Avery Willard, auditions of the lead actors, and a commentary track by Ira. You can pre-order your copy now!
And lastly, if you're in NYC, the film is having a special return engagement on the big screen at the Cinema Village starting on Friday, December 21. Catch it again, or for the first time!
Thank you again for your generous support. Happy holidays, and we wish you a healthy and happy new year.
Ira, Lucas, and Marie Therese