Professor’s THE SKIN I’M IN Probes Alcoholism, Identity

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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

 

 

Review of THE SKIN I’M IN in Gay Calgary Magazine

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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

THE SKIN I’M IN to have official LA Premiere as part of LA FILMFORUM

On Sunday Oct. 6, Los Angeles Filmforum presents the LA premiere of THE SKIN I’M IN, by Broderick Fox with a live pre-screening remix performance of the film’s score by composer Ronit Kirchman. Fox and Kirchman will both be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

THE SKIN I'M IN: The Original Score

 

Sunday October 6
Remix set at 7 PM
Screening at 7:30 PM
in the Spielberg Theater
at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood
6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028

 

 

 

Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Available by credit card in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/471005

Full details at http://www.lafilmforum.org/

**For those not in Los Angeles, attend in spirit: THE SKIN I’M IN is available internationally on iTunes and Amazon Oct. 1**

Click here preview the soundtrack.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2013 marks its 38th year.

 

EDGE on the Net review of THE SKIN I’M IN DVD Release

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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

Harvardwood Interview with THE SKIN I’M IN director Broderick Fox

 

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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

THE SKIN I’M IN’s Release Covered in NELA Art News

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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

Anthem Magazine Interview with THE SKIN I’M IN Director Broderick Fox

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.

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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

 

Spirituality by way of Dustin Hoffman and TOOTSIE

In this American Film Institute Archive clip, Dustin Hoffman recalls the process of developing the external appearance of Dorothy Michaels for Tootsie (1982) and the concatenating effects of realizing his internal sense of self did not match the external reality of what even the studio’s elite hair and makeup teams could provide.

This clip points to several different personal and cultural questions I seek to explore in The Skin I’m In. We all likely agree at this point that judgments of beauty, femininity, or masculinity are not absolutes but rather culturally constructed. But it is one thing to know this intellectually and quite  another to a) feel at peace with these metrics or b) to transcend their use as the driving measures of self or others.

If self is not to be fully found in our tyrannical minds or our ephemeral bodies, then where does it reside? Explorers of nonduality would say this question is itself a trap, as it remythologizes the existence of a singular, finite, knowable self.

Making this film and dividing my identity into multiple personas, each just as real and just as “me” as the next, has certainly helped me to understand the ways in which each of us restricts and binds ourselves through personal and cultural narratives.

But on the flip side, once we see that none of our experiences, diagnoses, personalities, hopes, resentments, possessions, and appearances can fully describe “self,” but rather serve as nodes or mapping points for the experience of consciousness, we begin to glimpse the infinite possibilities for adventure, experimentation, and play in life.

It is this sense of freedom that I think many of us are pointing to via the (albeit feeble) term “spirit”–a realm I held at arm’s length for some thirty years because “spirituality” seemed fettered to religion and dogma, not a path to possibility and play.

‘Tis true that a good play needs no epilogue, but it seems fitting to close a post on gender, performance, and identity with some Shakesepare:

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts…

–Jaques from Shakesepare’s As You Like It (Act II Scene 7)