Films

Angelo Madsen Minax, Nyala Moon, and Zackary Drucker

About

Artist and filmmaker Zackary Drucker curates an evening of films by trans directors Angelo Madsen Minax and Nyala Moon.

In North By Current, filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax returns to his rural Michigan hometown after the death of his young niece. Through confusion and grief, he begins to unfurl the depths of generational addiction and Christian fervor in his family to dive head first into the pain of growth and the power of kinship. Poised to incite more internal searching than provide clear statements or easy answers, North By Current is a visual rumination on the understated relationships between mothers and children, truths and myths, losses and gains. 

North By Current is preceded by Nyala Moon’s short film How Not to Date While Trans, a break-the-fourth-wall, dark comedy that follows the dating life of a Black trans woman and the problematic men she meets along the way. Andie searches for romance and self-love but finds heartbreak.

 

The in-person program includes a post-screening talk with Angelo Madsen Minax, moderated by Zackary Drucker.

[North By Current is] a beautiful, complex wonder of a film.

K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone

The program is curated by Zackary Drucker.

about the artists

Angelo Madsen Minax

Angelo Madsen Minax is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and educator. His projects consider how human relationships are woven through personal and collective histories, cultures, and kinships, with specific attention to subcultural experience, phenomenology, and the politics of desire. Minax’s works have shown at Berlinale, Tribeca Film Festival, BAM CinemaFest, Art of the Real at Lincoln Center, Anthology Film Archives, British Film Institute, and dozens of LGBT film festivals around the world. He is a recipient of awards and fellowships from the Sundance Institute, BAVC Media, New York State Council on the Arts, the Warhol Foundation, and LEF Foundation. And he has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Yaddo; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art; and others. 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 award from the IDA, and numerous festival jury prizes. 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. Minax is currently an associate professor of Time-Based Media at the University of Vermont, a Queer|Art Mentor, and a current Guggenheim fellow.

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Nyala Moon

Nyala Moon is a filmmaker, writer, and actress of trans experience. After working in the nonprofit community helping other transgender and queer people of color access affirming health care, Moon took a leap of faith and pursued her passion for filmmaking. Before going to film school, she worked in the indie LGBT film scene as a director, writer, and producer. Moon also contributed to the anthology, Written on the Body: Letters from Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence by Lexi Bean. She has been touring colleges with her other anthology contributors, speaking to college students about sexuality, gender identity, and sexual assault. In May 2020, Moon graduated from City College with her MFA in Film Production. In 2021, her student thesis film, One Last Deal, was screened at NewFest, Inside Out Toronto, Outfest, and many other film festivals. She was also a 2020-2021 QueerArt Film fellow with Tu Me Manques director Rodrigo Bellot as her mentor, a TV writing fellow for Hillman Grad 2021 inaugural class, and 2022 Film Fatale trans directing fellow. Moon’s latest film, How Not To Date While Trans, is currently on the festival circuit. It has won audience and best short awards at Inside Out Toronto’s LBGT Film Festival, Wicked Queer Boston’s LGBT Film Festival, and Translation Seattle’s 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival.. In June 2022, she was selected as 2022 NewFest/Netflix New Voices Filmmaker Grant winner. Her film, How Not To Date While Trans, was selected for distribution through Frameline’s New Voices program.

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Zackary Drucker

Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, filmmaker, and cultural producer. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals, including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMa PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SFMOMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated producer for the docuseries This Is M, and was a producer on the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Amazon show Transparent. The Lady and The Dale, her directorial debut for television, premiered on HBO in early 2021.

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FILMS

How Not To Date While Trans (2022)

Dir. Nyala Moon, 13 min.

 

North By Current (2021)

Dir. Angelo Madsen Minax, 85 min.