“Smoke and Ruin” • 11/20/13 • 8:00 PM • 7 dollars
Artists’ Television Access • 992 Valencia St. • SF, CA
Premiering Madsen Minax’s new film ‘THE YEAR I BROKE MY VOICE’ plus a curated selection of short films and videos to precede!
This collection of work revolves around the thematics of longing, loss and the desire for another way of being. Through tropes of fantasy and science-fiction, often drawing attention to musical, aural and animated elements, the selected group of films and videos probes the poles of utopia and dystopia, revisits pasts lost, imagines futures found, and suggests temporal and spatial instability.
**We can’t see their shape from this far away, but we can hear them, 2010 Christine Negus (3 mins)
**Dogs in Space, 2008, Kristin Anchor (4 mins)
**I Can’t Feel My Face, 2011, Chris Naka (6 mins)
**Myth of My Ancestors, 2008, Latham Zearfoss (4 mins)
Myth of My Ancestors (A Re/Creation Fable) is a short experimental video combining live action, animation, and an a cappella cover of The Cocteau Twins song, Carolyn’s Fingers, to revision the garden of Eden as a queer utopia.
**If Their Be Thorns, 2012, Michael Robinson (13 mins)
A dark wave of exile, incest, and magic burns across the tropics, forging a knotted trail into the black hole. Three star-crossed siblings wander in search of one another as a storm of purple prose and easy listening slowly engulfs them.
**Godass (Music Video for Alabaster Choad), 2013, Lark Buckingham (3 mins)
**The Year I Broke My Voice, 2012, Madsen Minax (47 mins)
The Year I Broke My Voice is a video project built from interpretations and reenactments of three coming of age films: The Outsiders (1983), Stand By Me (1986), and The Year My Voice Broke (1987), that re-approaches the master narrative of childhood’s transition into adulthood. This work positions a group of age and gender ambiguous characters in a vacant and post-industrial landscape, in which they must forge relationships amongst one another. Misadventures such as cheating card games, attempts at hypnotism, haircuts by the blade of a pocket knife, and nighttime spooning allow the characters to attempt knowing one another.
Madsen Minax makes films, writes and performs songs, and is generally into ideas surrounding coming-of-age, the occult, science fiction/fantasy, dreams, carnivals, graveyards, roads, erotics, power, social justice, sex work, movement, longing, homeplace and, well, more.
He was apart of the music performance duet Actor Slash Model, and the band The Homoticons and director of the award winning documentary “Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance.” Madsen currently lives and works in Houston, TX as a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.