Keep the Lights On: Feature film seeks actress in a wheelchair

Jason Klorfein is working to cast background and non-speaking featured parts for Ira Sachs (FORTY SHADES OF BLUE, MARRIED LIFE)’s new feature that’s shooting this summer, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON. They’re looking to cast a non-union actress (20-30) who is in a wheelchair for one character, KATIE’S COUSIN.

This role would take one day to shoot, during our July 18-August 18 shoot, in NYC. While this position would not be paid due to the film’s low-budget, the role is credited, and this would be an excellent opportunity for an actor to work with a production team with established credits. Sachs won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for FORTY SHADES OF BLUE, and the film is being shot by the cinematographer of DOGTOOTH. This project is a labor of love for everyone involved.


1997. Erik is another gay man in New York trying to make a connection through a phone sex line. He meets Nick – closeted, handsome and with a girlfriend attached. From the start, this casual encounter extends itself into a hopeful moment between potential lovers. As Erik negotiates life as a documentary filmmaker, his relationship with Nick, a precociously young lawyer in a prominent publishing house, becomes more than just a fling. Nick breaks up with his girlfriend and soon the two men move in together and start to build a home. But over the years, they discover that it’s easier to get out of the closet, than it is getting rid of its shadow. Nick’s drug use gets out of control, as Nick becomes increasingly sexual compulsive. After 10 years together, Erik realizes that it’s not the relationship he needs to save: it’s himself.


Ira Sachs is a writer and director based in New York City. His films include MARRIED LIFE (2007), THE DELTA (1997), and the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning FORTY SHADES OF BLUE. His most recent film, LAST ADDRESS, a short work honoring a group of NYC artists who died of AIDS, has been acquired as part of the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA, and will be seen this September at the Venice Biennale. Sachs teaches in the Graduate Film department at NYU, and is a fellow at both the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He is also the founder and co-curator of Queer/Art/Film, a monthly series held at the IFC Center in New York, as well as the newly established Queer/Art/Mentorship, a program that pairs and supports mentorship between queer working artists in NYC.


Thure Lindhardt (INTO THE WILD, FLAME AND CITRON), Zach Booth (DAMAGES), Julianne Nicholson (FLANNEL PAJAMAS, KINSEY)

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