d. Ira Sachs, c. Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souléymane Sy Savané, 2012, USA, 101 mins
Media Sponsor: Liberty Press
Txtwrks Audience Award Keyword: keep1, keep2, keep3, keep4, keep5
Playing with: Reprise, d. Shripriya Mahesh, USA
Community Partner: Kansas Equality Coalition
KEEP THE LIGHTS ON chronicles an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship, and addiction. Documentary filmmaker Erik (Thure Lindhardt) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth, Damages) meet through a casual encounter, but soon find a deeper connection and become a couple. Individually and together, they are risk takers – compulsive, and fueled by drugs and sex. In an almost decade-long relationship defined by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity while being true to himself. Harrowing and romantic, visceral and layered, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON is a film that looks at love and all of its manifestations, taking it to dark depths and bringing it back to a place of grace.