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Over a period of 35 years between 1984 and 2019, filmmaker Lynne Sachs shot 8mm 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 — and 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 and beyond the projected reality. As the startling facts mount, she discovers more about her father than she had ever hoped to reveal.
“A chapter in a continuing stream of work by an experimental, highly personal film-maker. A documentary that is formidable in its candour and ambition…. Sketches a picture of a generation of American males whose lives were changed by the radical ideals of the 60s but who remained no less patriarchal.” —Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily “A fascinating probe into the mysteries of the human mind and heart…Given [Lynne Sachs] extremely personal connection to the story, it’s astonishing how deeply she investigates the good and the bad in a person she clearly loves.” —Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail “Though [director Lynne] Sachs repeatedly expresses her adoration for her father, part of what makes her film so effective is how willing she is to criticize him too…. Nothing short of miraculous.” —Marisa Carpico, Pop Break