Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2020

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Because of Us

Available online

17 September – 11 October, 2020

A voice guides us through a near-death experience. She begins by describing the experience as a sensation of viewing, similar to watching a movie. Found footage and animated skyscapes create a cosmology of connections. On-screen text is sourced from “The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps”, a 1998 book by Marshall T. Savage.

In this Programme:

Because of Us

(Angelo Madsen Minax, 2018, 5 mins)

Introduction

Because of Us

An introduction to the films of Angelo Madsen Minax

Because of Us

A voice guides us through a near-death experience. She begins by describing the experience as a sensation of viewing, similar to watching a movie. Found footage and animated skyscapes create a cosmology of connections. On-screen text is sourced from “The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps”, a 1998 book by Marshall T. Savage.

Angelo Madsen Minax is a director based between New York and Vermont. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. His filmography spans documentary and hybrid filmmaking formats, narrative cinema, experimental and essay film. His prolific practice transgresses form, style and narrative to explore queer and trans intimacies, chosen and biological structures of kinship, cosmic, natural, and technological phenomena. His works have been screened and exhibited at the European Media Arts Festival (Osnabrück), Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Anthology Film Archives (New York), British Film Institute (London), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) and REDCAT (Los Angeles). Minax is currently an Assistant Professor of Time-Based Media at the University of Vermont. His second feature documentary, North By Current (2021), is currently in production.

Filmography

At the River (2020), Two Steps on the Water (2019), The Eddies (2018), Because of Us (2018), The Source Is a Hole (2017), Kairos Dirt & the Errant Vacuum (2017), The Bowels of the Universe (With Shining Knees) (2016), To Summon and Chase Away (2015), Separation of the Earth (By Fire) (2015), Forward into the Afternoon (2014), My Most Handsome Monster (2014), Like Some Other Men (2013), The Year I Broke My Voice (2012), Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance (2010)

Director

Angelo Madsen Minax

UK Premiere

Production Country

United States

Production Year

2018

Duration

5 mins

Dialogue Language

English

Print Contact

Angelo Madsen Minax