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Spotlight Cinema: My First Film

October 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

My First Film is a feature-length multimedia performance in which filmmaker Zia Anger interacts with media on screen and the audience using real-time text, spontaneous Google searches, audience directives and AirDrops. Through the performance, Anger probes and dissects her “abandoned” works to re-imagine the relationship between the audience, the filmmaker, the movie theater and cinema and erases the line between a filmmaker’s corporeal body and their body of work. A vital, singular, innovative work that explores what it means to be a woman and an artist, the project showcases Anger’s sensibilities and pushes the boundaries of cinematic experience.

“Vastly imaginative… the entirety of Anger’s performance of My First Film is a deeply moving and distinctive creation in itself. An extraordinary movie event.”  – The New Yorker

“A reclamation of a ‘failed’ work and a rebuke of the independent film industry’s standards for success, My First Film plies the formal limits of a theatrical experience.” – Filmmaker Magazine

“A cathartic collective experiment in what it might mean to challenge failure, recalibrate it, and reclaim it anew.” – Sight & Sound

Spotlight Cinema showcases the Madison premieres of critically-acclaimed and award-winning narrative features and documentaries from around the world. This eight-week series is held in the museum’s lecture hall on Wednesday nights throughout the fall. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum lobby; films screen at 7 pm in the lecture hall. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public.

An MMoCA program, Spotlight Cinema is curated by Mike King. Funding for the series has been provided by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor. This film series is one of two presented by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art each year, and follows the summer Rooftop Cinema film series.


October 23, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
227 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States


Madison Museum of Contemporary Art