Discipline: Film/Video – documentary

Angelo Madsen Minax

Discipline: Film/Video – documentary
Region: Burlington, VT
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Angelo Madsen Minax is a filmmaker, visual artist, and performer best known for his experimental and documentary films. Madsen's works have shown at the Berlinale, Art of the Real, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Anthology Film Archives, British Film Institute, Tribeca Film Festival, BAM CinemaFest, European Media Art Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and dozens of LGBT film festivals around the world.

His film, North by Current (2021), aired on season 34 of POV (PBS), was nominated for an Independent Spirit award, and won the Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight award, Best Writing from the IDA, and numerous festival jury prizes including Krakow, Olhar De Cinema, and Outfest. A New York Times Critics Pick, North by Current has been called "a beautiful, complex wonder of a film," by Rolling Stone and "a titanic work" by Criterion.

He was awarded a 2023 USA Artists Fellowship and will be an artist in residence at Pioneer Works throughout 2023. He is currently an associate professor of time-based media at the University of Vermont and is working on his fourth feature film, A Body to Live In, about Fakir Musafar's photographic archive of body modification subculture spanning the 1940s-2000s.

While at MacDowell, Angelo continued research and preliminary editing for A Body to Live In. The film is supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Sundance Film Institute, and the LEF Foundation.



Angelo Madsen Minax worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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