Via Zoom: Director Angelo Madsen Minax of ‘North by Current,’ at REELING39 on Sep. 25, 2021

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CHICAGOREELING39 continues with its Documentary Centerpiece on Saturday, September 25th, 2021 – the searing family portrait of “North by Current,” created and directed by Angelo Madsen Minax. For tickets and more information, as part of the the 39th edition of Chicago’s REELING film festival, an International LGBTQ+ showcase, click REELING39.

After the inconclusive death of his young niece, filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax returns to his rural Michigan hometown prepared to make a film about a broken criminal justice system. Instead, he pivots to excavate the depths of generational addiction, Christian fervor, and his own transgenderism from female to male. The film explores the thin line between truth and fiction that runs through every family.

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Angelo Madsen Minax works in film and video, sound and music, text, installation, and other media as well. His projects explore queer/trans intimacies, chosen/biological kinships, cosmic, natural, and technological phenomena, and often draw on autoethnography. Madsen’s works have shown at museums and festivals including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, British Film Institute, KurzFilm Hamburg, Berlinale, Tribeca Film Festival, the European Media Art Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and dozens of LGBTQ+ film festivals around the world.

As a preview to the REELING39 Documentary Centerpiece, Patrick McDonald of interviews Angelo Madsen Minax via Zoom.

In Part One, Minax explores the filmmaker’s point of view and religion …

In Part Two, the relationship with his sister and the strange alchemy of VHS imagery …

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The 39th edition of REELING International LBGTQ+ Film Festival runs from September 23rd through October 3rd, 2021. The Documentary Centerpiece film is “North by Current,” created and directed by Angelo Madsen Minax. For complete REELING info, click senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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