Over a period of 35 years between 1984 and 2019, filmmaker Lynne Sachs shot 8 and 16mm film, videotape and digital images of her father, Ira Sachs Sr., a bon vivant and pioneering businessman from Park City, Utah. Film About a Father Who is her attempt to understand the web that connects a child to her parent and a sister to her siblings.
With a nod to the Cubist renderings of a face, Sachs’ cinematic exploration of her father offers simultaneous, sometimes contradictory, views of one seemingly unknowable man who is publicly the uninhibited center of the frame (“the Hugh Hefner of Park City”) yet privately ensconced in secrets. With this meditation on fatherhood and masculinity, Sachs allows herself and her audience to see beneath the surface of the skin, beyond the projected reality. As the startling facts mount, she discovers more about her father than she had ever hoped to reveal. (74 min)
Filmmaker Lynne Sachs is the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Moving Image in New York City
Lynne Sachs’ spirit of intelligent compassion lights up the film, giving voice to the anger and pain, but also providing the space and distance needed to recover from it… a spectacular gift to the viewer.
– Matthew Sorrento, Film International
Lynne Sach’s greatest achievement to date… a unique, brilliant film that has stayed with me ever since.
– Benjamin Hollis, Documentary Weekly
Do you have a comment or a suggestion for a film? Maybe you’d like to write something for our magazine. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can be talked into almost anything.