The first iteration of a five-part feature project of hybrid experimental films contemplating a second American civil war via lyrical nonfiction, mixing radio and twenty years of verité footage from the filmmaker’s archive.
Mitch McCabe is a queer artist and filmmaker who works across narrative, nonfiction and experimental film, mining themes of class, politics and identity grounded in their native Midwest America. Their films have screened at Sundance, True/False, New Directors/ New Films, IDFA, Ann Arbor, Camden, Visions du Real, Clermont-Ferrand, Winterthur, Edinburgh and New York Film Festival. A fellow of MacDowell and Flaherty Seminar, McCabe’s work has been supported by MASS MoCA, Yaddo, Princess Grace, LEF, Jerome, Djerassi, and McEvoy Foundations. They are currently working on the five-part speculative feature film project of Civil War Surveillance Poems and its multi-part installation.
From below ground, a man named Eddie describes flood lines, levees and trivial histories of the crumbling infrastructure of Memphis, TN. In this same city, the filmmaker, a recent transsexual transplant, watches war films and contemplates masculine connectivity as he attempts to integrate into the American South. He posts a Craigslist ad asking men to masturbate on-camera with their firearms. He receives a single response from a man whose name is also Eddie.
Angelo Madsen Minax is an American artist, performer, and filmmaker. His projects have screened and/or exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Anthology Film Archives, Echo Park Film Center, BFI, European Media Art Festival, Ann Arbor, Edinburgh, Berwick, Alchemy and others. His short film The Eddies (2018) about a trans man who investigates the erotic culture of gun ownership in the Southern United States, earned awards from the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Berganale, Kurzfilm Hamburg, and FLEX Experimental Film Festival. Madsen’s new film North by Current premiered at Berlinale, and was supported by Field of Vision, PBS-POV, Sundance and Tribeca Film Institutes.
Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (SOTD) is a visceral exploration of feral domesticity, queer desire, and fantasy in a world under threat of climate change. Utilizing and exploding archetypes, the film offers a radical approach to collaboration and the concept of family.
Dani and Sheilah ReStack have embarked on an artistic relationship that is formally and emotionally adjacent to their domestic lives, a quotidian zone they share with their young daughter Rose. “Both artists have established careers on their own. Neither’s work … could exactly prepare us for the force of the women’s collaborative efforts.” –(Cinema Scope, 2017). Their collaborations have shown at the Whitney Biennial, Toronto International Film Festival, Images Film Festival, Leslie Lohman Project Space, Columbus Museum of Art. Their work has been supported Carizzozo, Headlands and MacDowell. Their upcoming video, Future from Inside, received a Canada Council Project Grant.
“Ephemeral, oblique images and words that fail are transformed into an indelible memento mori.” — New York Film Society