Cinema

KAIROS DIRT AND THE ERRANT VACCUUM

Saturday, May 11 at 8 PM

Doors 7:30 pm; $5 admission.

Rosie Cutler, a middle school lunch lady and aspiring poet, and TJ Fortune, a mystical gender ambiguous student, have an unusual relationship. TJ neither fits within the framework of his age, nor gender, and because of this is both bullied and revered. He recoils into an abandoned warehouse where he builds a massive sculptural shrine from discarded objects and trash. Through a dream Rosie makes intimate contact with an otherworldly being who she hopes will bridge the gap between real and imagined to reveal truths about our world. Amid the post-industrial decay of the American south, a disparate band of nobodies including fellow lunch ladies, a mystical mortician, a transgender elder, a ministry worker, and a lesbian hospice provider all encounter the otherworldly being through the help of a spiritual medium/ phone sex operator. Television monitors, radio frequencies, dreams and orifices all become portals to access this alternate, carnal dimension. Kairos Dirt unfolds between a waking reality and a series of dream-space sequences. Characters interact with technologies that span from the 1950s until now as they negotiate a post-industrial society in flux, and ultimately seek alternate modes of human connectivity. Performances reflect the lineage of Cult Classics, Midnight Movies, and the New Queer Cinema movement, drawing on the history of camp, physical theatre, clowning, drag and Brechtian performance.

Filmmaker                                                                                                                  

Madsen Minax works in documentary and hybrid filmmaking formats, narrative cinema, experimental and essay film, sound and music performance, and media installation. His projects explore queer and trans embodiment, chosen and biological structures of kinship, cosmic phenomena, technologically mediated experiences, and often draw on his history of participation in justice-oriented communities. Madsen’s works have screened and/or exhibited at spaces including the European Media Art Festival (Germany), the Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago),

Anthology Film Archives (NYC), The British Film Institute (UK), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), REDCAT (Los Angeles), and hundreds of LGBT film festivals around the world. Madsen has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Core Program, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Berlinale Doc Station, Queer|Arts|Mentorship and others. He is an Assistant Professor of Time-Based Media at the University of Vermont.

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