Madsen Minax was the 2017 Northwestern University Awardee of the Edes Foundation Prize.
Minax makes films, videos and multi-disciplinary projects inspired by the collective and individual politics of belonging, and considers where fantasy, desire and embodiment interfere. Hiz works have shown at Anthology Film Archives (NYC), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), REDCAT (LA), the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the British Film Institute (UK), the European Media Art Festival (Germany) and numerous film and video festivals around the world. Madsen received an MFA from Northwestern University (2012), a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005), and has attended residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014), The Core Program (2012-2014), Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (2015), and the Berlinale DOC Station (2016).
During the Edes award year Madsen worked on his feature film At The River, a hybrid documentary project that interweaves personal essay, reenactment, and landscape meditation to explore a convergence of themes: the American dream, religiosity, ruralness, and trans embodiment.