Screening followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker
North by Current. After the inconclusive death of his young niece, filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax returns to his rural Michigan hometown, determined to make a film about the family’s wrongful persecution. Once there, instead, he pivots to excavate the depths of generational addiction, religious fervour, and trans embodiment. Like the relentless Michigan seasons, the meaning of family changes as Madsen, his sister, and his parents strive tirelessly to accept each other.
Angelo Madsen Minax is a multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker. His projects draw on auto-ethnography to explore chosen and biological kinships, intimacy and desire, and cosmic and technological phenomena. Madsen’s works have shown at Berlinale, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Leslie Lohman Museum, Tom of Finland Institute, Anthology Film Archives, the British Film Institute, Tribeca Film Festival, KurzFilm Hamburg, the European Media Art Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Berwick Media Arts Festival, Alchemy Festival of Moving Image, and dozens of LGBT film festivals around the world. Madsen is currently an Associate Professor of Time-Based Media at the University of Vermont and a Queer|Art Mentor..
April 3, 6 PM EST
Valentin Noujaïm & Nicolas Medy
Midnight sharp. Two radio journalists host a dull cultural program. Lights are switched off. A gang of women invades the studio to broadcast a message: “One, two… One, two… This is a coup!” Venus Retrograde explores an erotic, queer coup d’etat through a campy aesthetic and futuristic themes.
Nicolas Medy Born in Paris, Nicolas Medy studied music and then photography before turning to video. In 2018 he directed his first short film, Soleils bruns. In 2021 he directed Nuit de Chine, Venus Retrograde (co-directed with Valentin Noujaïm), and collaborated on two clips with the group Mansfield.