aemi is delighted to present this overview of selected short works by Lynne Sachs at Cork International Film Festival, many of which are screening in Ireland for the first time.
Making work since the 1980s Lynne Sachs’ films have incorporated a cross-pollination of forms that extend to the essay film, documentary, collage, performance, and poetry. Deeply reflexive, Sachs’ films to date have outlined a rich interplay between the personal and the socio-political.
In addition to this shorts programme Lynne will also be in attendance at the festival for the Irish premiere of her celebrated feature Film About a Father Who (screening in person at Triskel 8pm 10th November aemi @ CIFF: Contested Legacies – Lynne Sachs and Myrid Carten). On Tuesday 9th November in Cork, Lynne will also deliver the in-person workshop Day Residue: A Film-Making Workshop on the Every Day focused on the interplay between poetry and cinema, the workshop schedule will include the in-person screening of this programme of Lynne’s short films below.
Lynne Sachs, Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor, 2018, USA, 8 min
Lynne Sachs, Still Life With Women And Four Objects, 1986, USA, 4 min
Lynne Sachs, Drawn and Quartered, 1986, USA, 4 min
Lynne Sachs, The House of Science: A Museum of False Facts, 1991, USA, 29 min
Lynne Sachs and Anne Lesley Selcer, Girl is Presence, 2020, USA, 5 min
Lynne Sachs and Moira Sweeney, Longings, 2021, USA/ Ireland, 90 seconds
Lynne Sachs, Drift and Bough, 2014, USA, 6 min
Lynne Sachs, Starfish Aorta Colossus, 2014, USA, 4 min
Lynne Sachs, Maya at 24, 2021, USA, 4 min
Lynne Sachs with and for Barbara Hammer, A Month of Single Frames, 2019, USA, 14 min
Her work ranges from the very personal, as in her early experiments that are reminiscent of Bruce Connor’s found footage films and Chris Marker’s essay films, to documentary, as in her film on the Catonsville Nine’s antiwar-activism in Investigation of a Flame. Lynne discovered her love of filmmaking while living in San Francisco where she worked closely with film artists Craig Baldwin, Bruce Conner, Barbara Hammer, George Kuchar, and Trinh T. Min-ha. Between 1994 and 2006, 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.
Sachs has made 35 films which have screened at New York Film Festival, Sundance, Oberhausen, Viennale, BAMCinemaFest, Vancouver Film Festival, DocLisboa and many others nationally and internationally. They have also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts and other venues. The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Festival International Nuevo Cine in Havana and China Women’s Film Festival have all presented retrospectives of Lynne’s films. She received a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Arts. In 2019, Tender Buttons Press published Lynne’s first collection of poetry Year by Year Poems. www.lynnesachs.com