Thanks to The Occidental Weekly and staff writer Sarah Corsa for this thoughtful article on THE SKIN I’M IN and the boundaries of the professor’s body.
Students are generally unaware of their professors’ personal lives. The life experiences that inform their teaching and perspectives stay hidden so that students only see the effects on their syllabi. Occasionally, professors share opinions share campus issues or current events, but students still rarely see the events that shaped these ideas – unless they make an autobiographical documentary, of course. Read full article
O Canada! Check out another thoughtful review of THE SKIN I’M IN’s digital and DVD release in Gay Calgary Magazine.
A film that takes you down deep into the underbelly of one man’s struggle with identity, gender, sexuality, body image and alcohol will be readily available to view across the globe beginning October 1st.
The Skin I’m In is a candid, honest and raw autobiographical look at Broderick Fox’s brush with death in a Berlin subway terminal and rise to self-actualization.
“Being blunt about my story I can… entertain but potentially also help other people,” he says. “One of the gifts that sobriety has given me is the sense that honesty is a great liberator.”
In his film Fox, a world travelled gay university professor/film maker/erotic hairdresser/actor/singer and variety of other things journeys to Victoria, British Columbia to have First Nations artist Rande Cook design him a personal tattoo, commemorative of a lifetime of trial and achievement. Read full article
Check out the great review of THE SKIN I’M IN’s DVD release in EDGE ON THE NET.
Fox offers his story with no sense of self-importance — this is not a vanity project. Rather, this film will speak to anyone who has felt shattered and engaged in the struggle to become whole. Fox shares his triumphs and his fears; from his story we might draw solace, even strength. Read full review
Thanks to Harvardwood, the Harvard University Entertainment Industry Affinity Group for this great interview, which comes out the week of our international iTunes digital and Amazon DVD release as well as the homecoming Los Angeles Premiere of THE SKIN I’M IN as part of LA Filmforum at the historic Egyptian Theater.
Q: In your film, you have a running theme of searching for spirituality. Where would you say your perspective stands now and how is it different from when you first began filming?
A: There are many different religions and philosophies that all seem to point to the same thing. Some people call it consciousness. I’ve come to realize that all of the pain in my life has come from separating myself from the rest of the world, creating duality. Feeling different or less than and withdrawing; looking to things like alcohol to fill a void rather than confronting pain or the aspects of life and culture that are causing it. In getting the tattoo and making this film, I now realize I created a pretty incredible rite of passage for myself, which has proven to be spiritual. Read full interview here
Thanks to NELA Art News for covering the Oct. 1 iTunes and DVD release and the Oct. 6 LA Filmforum Los Angeles Premiere of THE SKIN I’M IN. NELA arts is an organization of northeast Los Angeles galleries and artists and NELA Art NEws is a monthly publication profiling the events and personalities of this exploding region of arts activity in the city.
The film is THE SKIN I’M IN and was made by local NELA resident Broderick Fox. He likes to say it’s about the transformative power of art and the art of transformation. Brody not only lives in Northeast Los Angeles, but he has ben teaching at Occidental College for 10 years. He teaches Media Arts & CUlture, which covers the history, theory, and making of media. Read full article
Thanks to Anthem Magazine and writer Kee Chang for this great interview leading up to the Oct. 1, 2013 International Digital Release of THE SKIN I’M IN on iTunes and Amazon.
In 2005, at the age of 31, Broderick Fox was found unconscious on the tracks of a Berlin subway station with his head split open and a lethal blood alcohol level of 0.47. As it turns out, Fox had destroyed an entire bottle of vodka and later proceeded to fall onto the tracks—a walking blackout. The Skin I’m In concerns a human work-in-progress chronicling decades of bodily shame, addiction and suppressed sexual identity, which led to what Fox refers to as “the bottom”. Read full article
Thanks to Kilian Melloy for a great interview and write-up on THE SKIN I’M IN in Edge Magazine.
A few years ago, filmmaker Broderick Fox was, pretty much literally, a broken man. Now he’s whole, healthy – and the living canvas for an intricate, powerful tattoo. Fox’s own life is the canvas for his resonant new film.
Read full article here.
I’m humbled by this review of the film which appeared today in EDGE MIAMI, in advance of Saturday’s Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Screening.
“Fox allows the documentary to open up and breathe, and in doing so, composes a lyrical film built out of layers, with the tattoo occupying only the most superficial of those layers — that is, the tattoo lives on the “skin” of the film, just as it lives on Fox’s skin, but it emerges from depths that are dark and perilous. The light to which the filmmaker, and his film, ascends is warm and enveloping…This documentary may take the camera-as-confessor approach that our online culture seems to foster, but Fox the filmmaker knows how to take the stuff of memoir and fashion art. His transformative journey is remarkable, and perhaps unique, but parts of it will be recognizable to many viewers; moreover, this film may well become part of the healing paths of those who sit with Fox, in a darkened theatre, to share in his journey.” Read full review here.
Victoria Film Festival 2013 Interview – THE SKIN I’M IN director Broderick Fox
by Jason Whyte
THE SKIN I’M IN producer Lee Biolos, MATERIAL SUCCESS director Jesse Mann, and THE SKIN I’M IN director Broderick Fox at the 2013 Victoria Film Festival Opening Gala. Photo by Jason Whyte
Please tell me about the technical side of the film; your relation to the film’s cinematographer, what the film was shot on and why it was decided to be photographed this way.
I shot much of the project myself. It also pulls from a lifelong archive of video, film, and photographic imagery I shot growing up. As such it contains a dizzying array of formats including Super 8 film, VHS, Hi-8, Mini DV, SD Video, and HDV. Two wonderful friends from film school shot key materials; Sarah Levy, shot my first trip up to Victoria to meet Rande and also filmed the sit-down interviews with my multiple “selves.” Andrew Groves shot nearly all the tattoo sessions for me, 29 hours of tattooing all told. It was a real gift to have the camera operators in these intimate situations be close friends whom I trust implicitly. In a few additional instances other friends, a former student, and my partner picked up the camera when needed. People have called the project a very big “little film,” and I hope it inspires others to pick up the tools and technologies at their disposal to tell great stories.
Read full interview here
“PART OF THIS FILM IS ME TRYING TO LINK MY HEAD BACK UP TO MY BODY,” SAYS FOX.
MICHAEL D. REID
JANUARY 30, 2013
What: The Skin I’m In
Where: Vic Theatre
When: Saturday, 9:30 p.m.
Rating: Four stars (out of five)
Broderick Fox never imagined he might someday be mistaken for Antonio Banderas.
Online searches for his documentary The Skin I’m In, which makes its Canadian première at the Victoria Film Festival, often yield references to The Skin I Live In. In that twisted thriller directed by Pedro Almodovar, Banderas plays a sinister plastic surgeon who holds a beautiful woman captive to test a synthetic alternative to human skin he’s perfecting.
Fox’s unflinching low-tech reflection on years of bodily shame, addiction and other issues that inspired him to transform his body into a living canvas seems worlds apart from Almodovar’s sleek, creepy meditation on beauty. But a Spanish film scholar who once mentored Fox noted the films resonate in similar ways, he said.
Both, for instance, explore the nature of identity. In Fox’s case, it was the spiritual and sexual ramifications of identity that would unite him with Rande Cook, the Victoria-based First Nations artist who created the full-back tattoo that memorializes Fox’s experiences.
“There are a lot of people who might write the film off as narcissistic,” admits Fox, 38, who worked on his project for six years and titled it early on. Read full article here.