NORTH BY CURRENT with filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax -- Theatrical Screening: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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NORTH BY CURRENT with filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax -- Theatrical Screening

A person with curly dark hair and a mustache stands behind a film camera
Still from NORTH BY CURRENT, courtesy of Angelo Madsen Minax
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed December 1, 2021
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public



Join us for an in-person screening and Q&A with the filmmaker on 12/1


Additional short films by Minax available for free streaming from 11/30 - 12/6


About the in-person program: 


NORTH BY CURRENT with filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax

Angelo Madsen Minax, 2021, 85 min, DCP Digital

An unspeakable tragedy both binds and fractures filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax’s family in this moving and formally audacious documentary. Over nearly five years of visits to his hometown of Grayling, Michigan, Minax chronicles his sister’s struggles with motherhood, mourning, and domestic abuse, as well as his own fraught conversations with his Mormon parents around his identity as a trans man. Through probing commentary and footage drawn from decades of home movies, NORTH BY CURRENT confronts the burdens of memory with candor and care, inviting us to bear witness to the power of healing and acceptance.
Director Angelo Madsen Minax will appear to introduce and discuss the screening.
Presented in collaboration with the Department of Art, Theory, and Practice at Northwestern. 

Additionally, a selection of short films by Angelo Madsen Minax will be made available for a limited time through our virtual screening platform.

Please note, the short films will be available to watch from 12 pm CST on 11/30 to 12 pm CST on 12/6.
About the filmmaker
Angelo Madsen Minax works in film and video, sound and music, text, installation, and sometimes other media too. His projects explore queer and trans intimacies, chosen and biological kinships, cosmic, natural, and technological phenomena, and often draw on autoethnography. Madsen's works have shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Leslie Lohman Museum, Tom of Finland Institute, Anthology Film Archives, the British Film Institute, KurzFilm Hamburg, Berlinale, Tribeca Film Festival, 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. He has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and others. Madsen is currently an Associate Professor of Time-Based Media at the University of Vermont and a Queer|Art Mentor.

Health and Safety Guidelines

Northwestern is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus pandemic and will follow local, state, and University guidelines for in-person events and museum visitation. All visitors must follow the Northwestern University COVID-19 Guidelines, which are in place at the time of visitation, including masking within the galleries and auditorium.

We plan for this program to be offered in person. Should public health or Northwestern campus guidelines evolve, we will contact guests about online presentation or cancelation.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at