Lynne Sachs (United States)

Lynne Sachs (born 1961 in Memphis, Tennessee) makes films, videos, installations and web projects that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences by weaving together poetry, collage, painting, politics and layered sound design.
After graduating from Brown University and majoring in history, she developed an interest in experimental documentary filmmaking while attending the 1985 Robert Flaherty Documentary Film Seminar through a scholarship. There, she was particularly inspired by the works of Bruce Conner, who would later become her mentor, and Maya Deren. That same year, Sachs moved to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University and later the San Francisco Art Institute.
Since 1994, her five essay films have taken her to Vietnam, Bosnia, Israel and Germany — sites affected by international war–where she tries to work in the space between a community’s collective memory and her own subjective perceptions. Strongly committed to a dialogue between cinematic theory and practice, Lynne searches for a rigorous play between image and sound, pushing the visual and aural textures in her work with each and every new project. Since 2006, she has collaborated with her partner Mark Street in a series of playful, mixed-media performance collaborations they call The XY Chromosome Project. In addition to her work with the moving image, Lynne co-edited the recent Millennium Film Journal issue #51 on experimental documentary.
Supported by fellowships from the Rockefeller and Jerome Foundations and the New York State Council on the Arts, Lynne’s films have screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Pacific Film Archive, the Sundance Film Festival and recently in a five film retrospective at the Buenos Aires Film Festival. Lynne teaches experimental film and video at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York with filmmaker Mark Street and their two daughters.


  • Drawn and Quartered
    4´, USA, 1986
  • Still Life With Woman and Four Objects
    4´, USA, 1986
  • Following the Object to Its Logical Beginning
    9´, USA, 1987
  • Sermons and Sacred Pictures
    29´, USA, 1989
  • The House of Science: a museum of false facts
    30´, USA, 1991
  • Which Way Is East: Notebooks from Vietnam
    33´, USA, 1994
  • A Biography of Lilith
    35´, USA, 1997
  • Window Work
    9´, USA, 2000
  • Photograph of Wind
    4´, USA, 2001
  • Investigation of a Flame
    45´, USA, 2001
  • Tornado
    4´, USA, 2002
  • Atalanta 32 Years Later
    5´, USA, 2006
  • Noa, Noa
    8´, USA, 2006
  • The Small Ones
    3´, USA, 2006
  • States of UnBelonging
    63´, USA, 2006
  • XY Chromosome Project
    12´, USA, 2007
  • Georgic for a Forgotten Planet
    11´, USA, 2008
  • The Last Happy Day
    37´, USA, 2009
  • Wind in Our Hair
    40´, USA, 2009

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