Wed, May 24|
2220 Arts + Archives
Fox Maxy's GUSH (filmmaker in person!)
The acclaimed experimental filmmaker presents her ambitious, uncategorizable feature film debut, a kaleidoscopic collage about trauma and recovery.
May 24, 8:00 PM
2220 Arts + Archives, 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
directed by Fox Maxy
2023, U.S., 71m, DCP
Los Angeles premiere! Filmmaker in person!
Mezzanine is excited to begin an irregular showcase of contemporary arthouse and independent films in Los Angeles, starting with the L.A. premiere of Fox Maxy’s exhilarating and unclassifiable debut feature. This marks a new partnership with the International Documentary Association (IDA), whose SpringDocs series exhibits recent non-fiction films including festival standouts, and new release programming. Click here for more information about SpringDocs.
In her first feature, acclaimed video artist Fox Maxy uncorks a deluge of images captured and created over nearly 10 years. Drawn from Maxy’s personal archives, Gush is a kaleidoscopic swirl of moments that exists outside of common genres and forms, evoking through recalled words and rhyming visuals the experience of trauma and recovery. Using a mix of original documentary footage, archival television clips, animation, and other formats, sometimes layered on top of one another, Maxy interrogates sexual violence and personal freedom in a highly intimate, deeply personal style. Gush provides a space for celebrating confidence, community, and joy—even and especially amidst the sensory barrage of contemporary living. -New Directors/New Films
Audience Advisory: This film contains strobe effects and may potentially trigger seizures. Viewer discretion is advised.
Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, 2023
“An ambitious, uncategorizable work that combines observational documentary, post-internet animation, and archival television footage, often in split-screen or laid on top of one another. … Maxy’s first feature is a torrent of ideas, terminally online humor, and kaleidoscopic visuals, akin to scrolling rapidly through a particularly varied and strange TikTok “For You” page. Much of Gush has the energy of the gone-but-not-forgotten platform Vine (TikTok’s funnier, more meme-able predecessor) with its short, sharp bursts of weirdness.” -Caitlin Quinlan, Reverse Shot
Fox Maxy is a filmmaker based in San Diego, CA. Her work has screened at TIFF, MoMA, Rotterdam and BlackStar Film Festival among other places. In 2020, COUSIN Collective supported the director with her first grant. In 2022, Fox was named as Sundance Institute's Merata Mita Fellow. For 2022-2024, she is a Vera List Center Borderlands Fellow. Fox premiered her first feature length film, Gush, at Sundance Film Festival 2023. Currently Fox is working on a film about mental health.