Crosstown Arts presents NATIVES and NORTH BY CURRENT at Crosstown Theater.
Free and open to the public
Doors at 6:00 p.m., and films begin at 6:30 p.m. in Crosstown Theater.
Two films will be screened, with a brief Q&A with the artists after the screening.
In Natives, a short film by fall session artist in residence R Jason Rawlings, two years after Hurricane Katrina, a claims adjuster returns home to The Delta to little fanfare.
In fall session artist in residence Angelo Madsen Minax’s feature-length film North by Current, after the inconclusive death of his young niece, the filmmaker returns to his rural Michigan hometown, preparing to make a film about a broken criminal justice system. Instead, he pivots to excavate the depths of generational addiction, Christian fervor, and trans embodiment. Lyrically assembled images, decades of home movies, and ethereal narration form an idiosyncratic and poetic undertow that guide a viewer through lifetimes and relationships. Like the relentless Michigan seasons, the meaning of family shifts, as Madsen, his sister, and his parents strive tirelessly to accept each other. 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.