The Year I Broke My Voice

Angelo Madsen Minax

2012 | 00:47:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: LGBTQ, Remake, Youth/Childhood

Set in a post-industrial ‘Neverland’ of worn down row houses, looming factories, and desolate seashores, a rabble of deprived gender and age ambiguous youths explore their own vulnerabilities and put pressure on what it means to grow up. Misadventures that include impromptu races, nighttime spooning, cheating at card games, attempts at hypnotism, pocket knife haircuts, and sexual fantasies all function as means for the characters to attempt knowing one another. Through understated vignettes, solitary moments of introspection, and budding intimacies, The Year I Broke My Voice offers an alternative perspective on coming of age that emphasizes perpetual states of becoming over conventions of linear development into adulthood. Scripted by collaging reenactments of 1980s coming of age films (The Outsiders (1983), Stand By Me (1986) and The Year My Voice Broke (1987)), The Year I Broke My Voice re-approaches the master narrative of childhood’s transition into adulthood from a subversive, yet altogether fragile and uncertain vantage point.


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The Block Museum, Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Exhibitions + Festivals

MCA Screens, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Fringe! Queer Film Festival, London, UK

TranScreen Film Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Years to Come, 14 Pews, Houston, TX

Impossible _____Scapes, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA

The Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

The Nightingale Microcinema, Chicago, IL

Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn NY

Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, Indianapolis, IN

CANTV, Chicago Cable Access, Chicago, IL

Richard Hoggart Cinema, Goldsmiths University, London, UK

Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco, CA

Bangalore Queer Film Festival, Bangalore, India

Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago, IL

Why Marriage?, Darst Art Center, Chicago, IL

Our House: Unsettling the Domestic, Queering the Space of Home, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI