With his latest film, LOVE IS STRANGE, set for national release on August 21, we’re honored to present the Visionary Award to an artist who has embodied the goals of NewFest — promoting equality by creating and sharing our stories. The films of Ira Sachs capture characters that reflect the depth and breadth of the gay community. His characters rise to the challenges of life with love and perseverance while others stumble along the way, but the people in Ira’s stories are unfailingly vivid and true and alive. A pioneer among queer filmmakers, he continues to expand and enhance the language of LGBT cinema, not only through his own extraordinary work but also through the encouragement of new voices and new talents via the essential Queer/Art/Film and Queer/Art/Mentorship programs he founded. His work as a screen artist and as a supporter of up-and-coming filmmakers ensures that the legacy of Ira Sachs’ work will endure for generations to come.