Presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and CounterPulse
Filmmaker Madsen Minax and performer Eve Minax in person
pictured above: Kairos Dirt and the Errant Vacuum by Madsen Minax
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About INFRARED: In 2017, the City of San Francisco indicated intention to designate a portion of its Tenderloin neighborhood (a portion which includes CounterPulse and the office of San Francisco Cinematheque Cinematheque) as the “Compton’s Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual District” in reference to a 1966 protest action held at Compton’s Cafeteria, located at the intersection of Turk and Taylor Streets in San Francisco. This pre-Stonewall action is recognized as a significant milestone in queer and transgender political activism. In celebration of this designation—the first legally recognized municipal transgender district in the world—San Francisco Cinematheque is proud to present INFRARED, four nights of experimental films by and about transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming artists curated by transgender filmmaker Malic Amalya. Full series details available here.
Kairos Dirt and the Errant Vacuum (2017) by Madsen Minax; digital video, color, sound, 90 minutes
Through dreamscapes, television monitors, radio frequencies and orifices a queer middle school lunch lady, a non-binary student and an astrologer/life coach/phone sex operator discover a fantastic and carnal alternate dimension occupied by a genderless apparition. (Malic Amalya)
Kairos Dirt and the Errant Vacuum follows the strange happenings of two middle school lunch ladies, an androgynous student, a lesbian hospice provider, a grieving ministry worker, a mystical mortician and an astrologer/life coach/phone sex operator. Through a series of collective dreams an otherworldly being invades the characters’ dream spaces, revealing an alternate realm of wanton, subconscious desires. Amid the postindustrial decay of the American south, interconnected relationships unfold in unusual and fantastical landscapes as television monitors, radio frequencies, orifices and dreams all become portals to access this alternate dimension of carnality and desire.
I wanted to make a film that examined ideas of nonlinear time, youth, growth and death within a framework of sexuality and desire. I wanted to focus around the erotic aspects of consumption, using dreamscapes, alternate realities and magical realism to do so. I wanted to make a queer film that showed differently sized bodies, trans and gender ambiguous bodies engaging beyond the politics of queerness. As a trans and queer person, this desire was not only personal, but deeply political. Most importantly, I wanted to do this in a way in which these issues were not isolated, but fluid, floating in a larger mix of seemingly ordinary and extraordinary human struggles. Kairos Dirt… successfully interrogates many complex themes through the blending of cinematic narrative trajectory and visual tactics from video art and experimental cinema. (Madsen Minax)