Lynne Sachs

Collection of Films on DVD Exploring Women, Culture, Science & Myth by Lynn Sachs Vol. 1, A (2005) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 65 min

Genre: Experimental

Featuring: "Biography of Lilith" & "The House Science: a museum of false facts" "This DVD collection presents two of Lynne Sachs' earlier films with several more recent media works -- all of which explore themes of women, culture, science & myth. The creative as well as intellectual inner workings of these projects are revealed for the first time in the context of an elaborately conceived, yet accessible disc." BIOGRAPHY OF LILITH updates the creation myth by telling the story of the first woman and for some, the first feminist. In conjunction with the film, the DVD offers a personal introduction to Jewish Kabbala. THE HOUSE OF SCIENCE: A MUSEUM OF FALSE FACTS investigates science and art's representation of women in our society using home movies, collage, found footage and personal rememberances. DVD FEATURES INCLUDE Over 40 minutes of never-before-seen interviews with four prominent Judaic scholars provide anchors for discussion of the Lilith mygh. Six of Sachs' poems which were written during the making of Biography of Lilith Thirteen collages with text from "The House of Science"Two short films: "Window Work" and "Photograph of Wind"Filmmaker BiographyInteractive MenusDVD-ROM: Printable Transcript of "The House of Science" and "Poetry from Biography of Lilith"

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Lynne Sachs

House of Science: Museum of False Facts, The (1991) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

"Throughout THE HOUSE OF SCIENCE: A MUSEUM OF FALSE FACTS, an image of a woman, her brain revealed, is a leitmotif. It suggests that the mind/body split so characteristic of Western thought is particularly troubling for women, who may feel themselves moving between the territories of the film's title -- house, science, and museum, or private, public, and idealized space -- without wholly inhabiting any of them. This film explores society's representation and conceptualization of women through home movies, personal reminiscences, staged scenes, found footage, and voice. Sach's personal memories recall the sense of her body being divided, whether into sexual and functional territories, or 'the body of the body' and 'the body of the mind.'" -- Kathy Geritz, Pacific Film Archive "Her task suggests a new, feminized film form in which the coming-of-age rituals are recast into a potent web for affirmation and growth." -- Crosby McCloy, SF Cinematheque "The film takes off on a visual and aural collage, ... combining the theoretical issues of feminism with the discrete and personal remembrances of childhood." -- Heather Mackey, The San Francisco Bay Guardian Awards and Exhibition: Experimental Prize, Athens Film Festival; Juror's Award, Black Maria Film Festival; Chicago Filmmakers; OsnabrÄck Media Arts Festival; LA Filmforum; Oberhausen Film Festival; Pacific Film Archive; First Prize, Utah Film and Video Festival.

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Lynne Sachs

Window Work (2000) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

A woman drinks tea, washes a window, reads the paper-- simple tasks that somehow suggest a kind of quiet mystery within and beyond the image. Sometimes one hears the rhythmic, pulsing symphony of crickets in a Baltimore summer night.. Other times jangling toys dissolve into the roar of a jet overhead, or children tremble at the sound of thunder. These disparate sounds dislocate the space temporally and physically from the restrictions of reality. The small home-movie boxes within the larger screen are gestural forms of memory, clues to childhood, mnemonic devices that expand on the sense of immediacy in her "drama." These miniature image-objects represent snippets of an even earlier media technology -- film. In contrast to the real time video image, they feel fleeting, ephemeral, imprecise. "A picture window that looks over a magically realistic garden ablaze in sunlight fills the entire frame. In front, a woman reclines while secret boxes filled with desires and memories, move around her as if coming directly out of the screen." -- Helen DeWitt, "Thresholds of the Frame", Tate Modern Museum of Contemporary Art, London "On screen images of ordinary objects seem weirdly evocative. A duster complete with a bushy top of feathers begins to resemble a palm tree. You will discover that a great deal is happening, some of it inside your own mind. The magic of the piece occurs in the moments between sounds." -- Holly Selby, "Art Portfolio," The Baltimore Sun Dallas Video Festival; Delaware Art Museum Biennial; Athens Film Fest; European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck, Germany; New York Film Expo; Black Maria Director's Citation; Moscow Film Festival; Tate Modern, London; Film Arts Festival, San Francisco Sale: VHS $20, also available on Beta or DV upon request

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Lynne Sachs

Photograph of Wind (2001) 16mm, color & b/w, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

My daughter's name is Maya. I've been told that the word "maya" means illusion in Hindu philosophy. As I watch her growing up, spinning like a top around me, I realize that her childhood is not something I can grasp but rather -- like the wind -- something I feel tenderly brushing across my cheek. "Sachs suspends in time a single moment of her daughter." Fred Camper, Chicago Reader San Francisco Film Festival, Onion City Film Festival Sale: VHS $20, also available on Beta or DV upon request

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Lynne Sachs

First Steps in a Terra Incognita (2002) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of the House of Drafts Bosnian-American Web Collaboration (house-of-drafts. org) A young American woman travels to Bosnia to contemplate life there after a period of war. The camera is her "being," moving quietly in and out of apartments and mosques in Sarajevo, across cultures, between the real and the imaginary.

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Lynne Sachs

Tornado (2002) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

A tornado is a spinning cyclone of nature. It stampedes like an angry bull through a tranquil pasture of blue violets and upright blades of grass. A tornado kills with abandon but has no will. Lynne Sachs' "TORNADO" is a poetic piece shot from the perspective of Brooklyn, where much of the paper and soot from the burning towers fell on September 11. Sachs' fingers obsessively handle these singed fragments of resumes, architectural drawings and calendars, normally banal office material that takes on a new, haunting meaning. Sale: free VHS tape with $20 donation to the Film-Makers' Coop also available on Beta or DV upon request

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Lynne Sachs

Which Way Is East (1994) 16mm, color, 33 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Social Activism

"A frog that sits at the bottom of a well thinks that the whole sky is only as big as the lid of a pot." When two American sisters travel north from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, conversations with Vietnamese strangers and friends reveal to them the flip side of a shared history. Lynne and Dana Sachs' travel diary of their trip to Vietnam is a collection of tourism, city life, culture clash, and historic inquiry that's put together with the warmth of a quilt. "Which Way Is East" starts as a road trip and flowers into a political discourse. It combines Vietnamese parables, history and memories of the people the sisters met, as well as their own childhood memories of the war on TV. (excerpted from article in The Independent by Susan Gerhard) "The sound track is layered with the cacophony of bustling city streets, the chirps of cicadas and gentle rustles of trees in the countryside, and the visuals, devoid of travelogue cliches, are a collage of pictorial snippets taken from unusual vantage points.... What comes through is such a strong sense of the place you can almost smell it." Ted Shen, The Chicago Reader

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Lynne Sachs

The Last Happy Day (2009) DVD_NTSC, Color, 38 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Biography, History, Personal / Diary / Journal

A portrait of a doctor who saw the worst of society and ran. The Last Happy Day is an experimental documentary portrait of Sandor (Alexander) LENARD, A Hungarian medical doctor and a distant cousin of filmmaker Lynne Sachs. In 1938 Lenard, a writer with a Jewish background, fled the Nazis to a safe haven in Rome. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Army Grave Registration Service hired Lenard to reconstruct the bone -- small and large -- of dead American soldiers. Eventually he found himself in remotest Brazil where he embarked on the translation of "Winne the Pooh" into Latin, an eccentric task that catapulted him to brief world-wide fame. Sachs' essay film uses personal letters, abstracted war imagery, home movies, interviews, and a childrens's performance to create an intimate meditation on the destructive power of war. "A fascinating, unconventional approach to a Holocaust-related story...a frequently charming work that makes no effort to disguise an underlying melancholy." - George Robinson, The Jewish Week

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Lynne Sachs

Wind in Our Hair (Con viento en el pelo) (2010) DVD_NTSC, Color, 42 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Children / Youth

Inspired by the stories of Argentine writer Julio Cortazar, yet blended with the realities of contemporary Argentina, "Wind in Our Hair" is an experimental narrative directed by New York filmmaker Lynne Sachs about four girls discovering themselves through a fascination with the trains that pass by their house. A story of early-teen anticipation and disappointment, "Wind in Our Hair" is circumscribed by a period of profound Argentine political and social unrest. Shot with 16mm, Super 8mm, Regular 8mm film and video, the film follows the girls to the train tracks, into kitchens, on sidewalks, in costume stores, and into backyards in the heart of Buenos Aires as well as the outskirts of town. Sachs and her Argentine collaborators move about Buenos Aires with their cameras, witnessing the four playful girls as they wander a city embroiled in a debate about the role of agribusiness, food resources and taxes. Using an intricately constructed Spanish-English "bilingual" soundtrack, Sachs and her co-editor Sofia Gallisa articulate this atmosphere of urban turmoil spinning about the young girls' lives. "Wind in Our Hair" also includes the daring, ethereal music of Argentine singer Juana Molina.

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Lynne Sachs

Lynne Sachs: 10 Short Films Vol.3 (1986-2007) DVD NTSC, color, 62 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: family

"XY Chromosome Project"- 12 min (2007) "The Small Ones"- 3 min (2006) "Noa, Noa"- (2006) "Atalanta 32 Years Later"- 5 min (2006) "Tornado"- 4 min (2002) "Photograph of Wind"- 4 min (2006) "Window Work"- 9 min (2000) "Following the Object to Its Logical Beginning"- 9 min (1987)"Still Life With Woman and Four Ojects"- 4 min (1986) "Drawn and Quarted"- 4 min (1987) "Lynne Sachs is best known for her spirited and lyrical essay films- films defined by a unwavering woman's inflection and a commitment to pry the cracks in official history. However, throughout Sach's career, we've been treated to a succession of short experimental works that tease out the details of the everyday with the same clarity of vision and instinct for the hand-nurtured image as her much-lauded lengthier works. These films and videotapes, whether they be mystified glimpses of childhood, reinventions of the films past, or formal excursions into the poetic, surrender the wonder of a world seen by an artist with a soulful eye and a conscientious hear."- Steve Seid, Film-Video Curator, Pacific Film Archive

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Lynne Sachs

States of UnBelonging (2006) DVD NTSC, color, 63 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: ethnic / multicultural, history, personal diary / journal, political/ social activism

The core of this haunting meditation on war, land, the Bible, and filmmaking is a portrait of Revital Ohayon, an Israeli filmmaker and mother killed her the West Bank. Director Lynne Sachs creates a film on the violence of the Middle East by exchanging letters with an Israeli friend. Together, they reveal Revital's story through her films, news reports, and interviews, culminating in heartbreaking footage of children discussing the violence they've witnessed. Without taking sides or casting blame, the film becomes a cine-essay on fear and filmmaking, tragedy and transformation, violence and the land of Israel/Palestine.

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Lynne Sachs

Investigation of a Flame (2001) DVD NTSC, color, 45 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: political / social activism

On May 17, 1968 nine Vietnam War protesters led by Daniel and Philip Berrigan, walked into a catonsville, Maryland draft board office, grabbed hundreds of selective service records and burned them with homemade napalm. "Investigation of a Flame" is an intimate, experimental documentary portrait of the Cantonsville Nine, this disparate band of resisters who chose to break the law in a defiant, poetic act of civil disobedience. How did the photos, trial publicity and news of the two year prison sentences help to galvanize a disillusioned American public' "Investigation of a Flame" explores this politically and religiously motivated performance of the 1960's in the context of extremely different times- times in which critics of Middle East peace agreements, abortion and technology resort to violence of the most random and sanguine kind in order to access the public imagination.

Lynne Sachs

The Task of the Translator (2010) DVD NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: history, philosophical

Sachs pays homage to Walter Benjamin's essay "The Task of the Translator" through three studies of the human body. First, she listens to the musings of a wartime doctor grappling with the task of a kind-of cosmetic surgery for corpses. Second, she witnesses a group of Classics scholars confronted with the haunting yet whimsical task of translating a newspaper article on Iraqi burial rituals into Latin. And finally, she turns to a radio news report on human remains.

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Lynne Sachs

Georgic for a Forgotten Planet (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 8:00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: environment_nature, landscape_architecture, personal_diary_journal

I began reading Virgil's Georgics, a 1st Century epic agricultural poem, and knew immediately that I needed to create a visual equivalent about my own relationship to the place where I live, New York City. The film is culled from material I collected at Coney Island, the Lower East Side, Socrates Sculpture Garden in Queens, a Brooklyn community garden and a place on Staten Island that is so dark you can see the three moons of Jupiter. It is a homage to a place many people affectionately and mysteriously call the big apple.

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Lynne Sachs

Drift and Bough () super 8mm , Black and White , 6 mins min

"I spent a morning this winter in Central Park shooting film in the snow. The stark black lines of the trees against the whiteness creates the sensation of a painter's chiaroscuro, or a monochromatic "tableau-vivant". When I am holding my super 8mm camera, I am able to see these graphic explosions of dark and light." Lynne Sachs Music by Stephen Vitiello and Molly Berg "Back Again" from the album "Between You and the Shapes you Take" from the album "Between You and the Shapes you Take"

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Lynne Sachs

Your Day is My Night (2013) DVD, HD Cam, Blu-Ray, color, 65 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: dance, ethnic/multicultural, hand processed, history, landscape and architecture, theatre, music

In Chinese, English & Spanish with English Subtitles. Music by Stephen Vitiello. Camera by Sean Hanley and Ethan Mass. Featuring: Yi Chun Cao, Linda Y.H. Chan, Chung Qing Che, Ellen Ho, Yun Xiu Huang, Sheut Hing Lee, Kam Yin Tsui, & Veraalba Santa.

Synopsis: Blending autobiographical monologues, intimate conversations, and staged performances, Lynne Sachs' Your Day Is My Night documents the lives of Chinese immigrants sharing a 'shift-bed' apartment in the heart of New York City's Chinatown, offering a deeply felt portrait of the Asian-American immigrant experience. Initially documented in Jacob Riis' late 19th century photographs, a shift-bed is a bed that is shared or rented by people who are neither in the same family nor in a relationship. Since the advent of tenement housing in the Lower East Side, working class people have shared beds, making such spaces a definable and fundamental part of immigrant life. Over a century later, the shift-bed remains a necessity for many, triggered by socio-economic barriers embedded within the urban experience. In this captivating hybrid documentary, seven characters ranging in age from 58 to 78 play themselves and recount real experiences from their lives. Retired seamstresses Ellen Ho and Sheut Hing Lee recall growing up in China during the turmoil of the 1950s when their families faced violence and separation under Chairman Maoʼs revolutionary yet authoritarian regime. Yun Xiu Huang, a nightclub owner from Fujian province, reveals his journey to the United States through the "snakehead" system, a complex underground economy of human smuggling. As the bed transforms into a stage, the film reveals a collective history of Chinese immigrants in the United States. Through it all, Your Day is My Night addresses issues around privacy, intimacy, otherness, belonging and the urban experience via the basic human need of a place to sleep.

PRESS "A strikingly handsome, meditative work: a mixture of reportage, dreams, memories and playacting, which immerses you in an entire world that you might unknowingly pass on the corner of Hester Street, unable to guess what's behind the fifth-floor windows." -The Nation
"Beautifully blending anecdotes, evocative audio textures, and an ensemble of elderly immigrant performers/participants, Your Day is My Night is sumptuous and exploratory, bringing us a Chinatown we have never seen before in film." -San Diego Asian Film Festival
"Using beds as a metaphor for privacy, intimacy and power, the film explores intercultural and trans-historical dialogue." -The Washington Post
"Director Lynne Sachs' Your Day is My Night shines a light on a little documented sub-culture in New York's Chinatown, chronicling immigrants who live communally in buildings where there's a shift-bed system. One person returns from a stint of overnight work to sleep in a bed just vacated by another person off to their day job. The form of this documentary is as compelling as its content. It is a beautiful collage of different media and music intricately edited together with the often emotional testimony of the immigrants." -BBC
"New York's Chinatown, a place as much spectral as real, flickers and flares into life in this singular hybrid of documentary, performance piece and cine-monologue. Seven working-class, immigrant residents of a shift-bed apartment play versions of themselves, recalling violent upheavals, long journeys and endless yearnings." -Sight and Sound "Moving and Profound." -Michael Moore

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS * Winner, Best Feature Documentary, San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2013 * Winner, Best Feature Film, Workers Unite! Film Festival, 2013 * Winner, Best Experimental Film, Traverse City Film Festival, 2013 * 2nd Prize, Documentary Feature, Athens Film Festival, 2013 * Official Selection, Documentary Fortnight, Museum of Modern Art, 2013 * Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2013 * Vancouver International Film Festival, 2013 * Images Film Festival, Toronto, 2013 * Festival del Encuentros del Otro Cine, Quito, Ecuador, 2014.

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Lynne Sachs

Viva and Felix Growing Up (2015) DVD or Quicktime, b&w, 10 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: personal/diary/journal

For the first three years of her twin niece's and nephew's lives, Lynne Sachs used her 16mm Bolex camera to film them growing up in New York City with two dads and a mom. The film ends with a Gay Pride Day embrace.

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Lynne Sachs

Starfish Aorta Colossus (2015) color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about film, landscape, personal/diary/journal

Lynne Sachs with Sean Hanley. Poetry watches film. Film reads poetry. Paolo Javier's text is a catalyst for the digital sculpting of an 8mm Kodachrome canvas. Syntactical ruptures and the celebration of nouns illuminate twenty-five years of rediscovered film journeys. NYC poet Paolo Javier invited filmmaker Lynne Sachs to create a film that would speak to one of his poems from his newly published book Court of the Dragon (Nightboat Books). Sachs chose Stanza 10 from Javier's poem "Starfish Aorta Colussus". She then decided to collaborate with film artist Sean Hanley in the editing of the film. Together, they traveled through 25 years of unsplit Regular 8 mm film that Sachs had shot -- including footage of the A.I.D.S. Quilt from the late 1980s, a drive from Florida to San Francisco, and a journey into a very untouristic part of Puerto Rico.

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Lynne Sachs

Same Stream Twice (2012) DVD NTSC, , 4 min

My daughter's name is Maya. I've been told that the word maya means illusion in Hindu philosophy. In 2001, I photographed her at six years old, spinning like a top around me. Even then, I realized that her childhood was not something I could grasp but rather - like the wind - something I could feel tenderly brushing across my cheek. Eleven years later, I pull out my 16mm Bolex camera once again and she allows me to film her - different but somehow the same.

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Lynne Sachs

Same Stream Twice (2012) DVD NTSC, b&w and color, 4 min

My daughter's name is Maya. I've been told that the word maya means illusion in Hindu philosophy. In 2001, I photographed her at six years old, spinning like a top around me. Even then, I realized that her childhood was not something I could grasp but rather - like the wind - something I could feel tenderly brushing across my cheek. Eleven years later, I pull out my 16mm Bolex camera once again and she allows me to film her - different but somehow the same.

Rental: $30.00

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