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After the inconclusive death of his young niece and the incarceration of his brother-in-law, filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax 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 fervour, and trans embodiment. Lyrically-assembled images built from decades of home movies combine with ethereal narration, to form an idiosyncratic and poetic undertow, which guides the viewer through different lives and relationships. As Michigan’s seasons relentlessly shift, so does the meaning of family, as Madsen, his sister and his parents strive tirelessly to accept each other. Purposefully inviting internal searching, rather than providing clear statements or easy answers,_ North By Current_ dives head-first into the challenges of creating identity, the agony of growing up, and the ever-fickle nuances of family.
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