Trailer | North By Current
Filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax returns to his rural Michigan hometown after the death of his young niece. Decades of home movies and ethereal narration reflect on struggles with grief and addiction as Madsen examines family, faith, and trans identity. NORTH BY CURRENT asks more questions than it answers, and like the relentless Michigan seasons, the only sure things are time and change.
When you leave a place,
The place goes on living without you.
This is painfully obvious
yet humans manage to forget it over and over.
-Mom, you, I think that's you.
-What's this one?
-Kalla. That's before she died.
The tragic death of a three-year-old girl
here in West Michigan
has opened up some new conversations
about whether innocent people are sitting in prison
for crimes they did not commit.
-Just constant people yelling "Baby Killer"
everywhere I went.
Dad, call 9-1-1.
-What is happening?
Did Mama die?
-You know you put it away but it doesn't go away.
-Memory must be created
against an abundance of information.
But also against an absence.