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Lynne Sachs

Since the 1980s, Lynne Sachs has created cinematic works that defy genre through the use of hybrid forms and cross-disciplinary collaboration, incorporating elements of the essay film, collage, performance, documentary and poetry. Her highly self-reflexive films explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences. With each project, Lynne investigates the implicit connection between the body, the camera, and the materiality of film itself. Lynne currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, but discovered her love of filmmaking while living and studying in San Francisco where she worked closely with artists Craig Baldwin, Bruce Conner, Barbara Hammer, Gunvor Nelson, and Trinh T. Minh-ha. During this time, she produced her early, experimental works on celluloid which took a feminist approach to the creation of images and writing -- a commitment which has grounded her body of work ever since. 

From essay films to hybrid docs to diaristic shorts, Lynne has produced over 40 films as well as numerous projects for web, installation, and performance. She has tackled topics near and far, often addressing the challenge of translation -- from one language to another or from spoken work to image. These tensions were investigated most explicitly between 1994 and 2006, when she produced five essay films that took her to Vietnam, Bosnia, Israel, Italy and Germany -- sites affected by international war -- where she looked at the space between a community's collective memory and her own subjective perceptions.

Lynne's films have screened at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Walker and the Getty, and at festivals including New York Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, Punto de Vista, DocAviv, and DocLisboa. Retrospectives of her work have been presented at the Museum of the Moving Image, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Festival International Nuevo Cine in Havana, and China Women's Film Festival. Her 2019 film A Month of Single Frames won the Grand Prize at Oberhausen Festival of Short Films in 2020. In 2021, both the Edison Film Festival and the Prismatic Ground Film Festival at the Maysles Documentary Center awarded Lynne for her body of work in the experimental and documentary fields.

For more info: http://www.lynnesachs.com

Now available for rent from Canyon Cinema: Lynne Sachs: Between Thought and Expression, a five-program retrospective, organized by the Museum of the Moving Image and curated by Edo Choi.
For complete details see: https://canyoncinema.com/2021/02/17/lynne-sachs-between-thought-and-expression-five-program-retrospective-now-available-for-rent/

Streaming on Kanopy:
https://www.kanopystreaming.com/category/filmmakers/lynne-sachs

Selected Press:
Los Angeles Times article on Women Directors
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-female-directors-fandors-fix-20150503-story.html

"Laundromat-Theater: Where Every Fold Matters"
http://www.brooklynrail.org/2015/02/theater/laundromat-theater-where-every-fold-matters

Brooklyn Rail interview with Lynne Sachs
http://www.brooklynrail.org/2013/09/film/lynne-sachs-with-karen-rester

Films