Assistant Professor, Time-Based Media

Madsen Minax works in documentary and hybrid filmmaking formats, narrative cinema, experimental and essay film, sound and music performance and media installation. Madsen's film Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance, which featured 21 transgender musicians in the US and Canada and was released to critical acclaim in 2010, earned seven awards and screened at dozens of film festivals throughout the world, with television premieres on PBS, FreeSpeech TV, and CBC. The film is now a staple visual text in musicology and gender studies and is housed in hundreds of library collections throughout the world. His projects have screened and exhibited at spaces including the European Media Art Festival (Germany), the Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Anthology Film Archives (NYC), the British Film Institute (UK), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), REDCAT (Los Angeles), SOMArts (San Francisco), the Public Library of Amsterdam, Yale University, Harvard University, Outfest, Newfest, Frameline, Reeling and dozens of LGBT Film festivals around the world from Osaka, Japan to Montevideo, Uruguay. Madsen has been awarded residencies and fellowships from the Core Program, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Samuel Edes Foundation, the Flaherty Film Seminar, LEF Moving Image Foundation, Queer|Art|Mentorship, Berlinale DOC Station and Union Docs NYC.

Madsen Minax


  • Northwestern University, MFA
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA


Office Location:

210 Williams Hall

Office Hours:

T 1:00 - 3:00 pm