The Skin I’m In
NOTE THE EARLY START TIME! Composer Ronit Kirchman will perform a live remix of her score from 7:00 – 7:30, and the film will start at 7:30
Los Angeles Filmforum presents the Los Angeles premiere of THE SKIN I'M IN, an autobiographical documentary 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 is a documentary about a son/ Eagle Scout/ valedictorian/ professor/ filmmaker/ club kid/ drag queen/ hustler/ alcoholic, his brush with death, and his search for self and spirit through the transformative ritual of tattooing.
BRODERICK FOX is a Los Angeles filmmaker and professor Media Arts & Culture at Occidental College. His award winning narrative, experimental, and documentary works have screened theatrically, on television, at film festivals, and online. TAK FOR ALT: SURVIVAL OF A HUMAN SPIRIT, which Fox co-directed, won the Dore Schary Award, received special recognition from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and aired nationally on PBS. LOVE, DEATH, & CARS premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and aired on PBS KQED San Francisco. THINGS GIRLS DO premiered at Outfest and continues to play and stream internationally. I KNEW HIM was a finalist for the Iris Prize, the world’s largest prize for work representing or advocating for LGBT individuals and has since been adopted by RAINN.org as an official PSA campaign video. HOME premiered in Berlin at the Globians World and Culture Documentary Festival Fox’s screenwriting work has won or received finalist and semi-finalist nods in over 20 national competitions. His book, DOCUMENTARY MEDIA: History – Theory – Practice is now out through Pearson Press. Fox hopes the film will inspire others to use the digital tools at their disposal to voice their own stories, restore a sense of political urgency, critical reflection, artistry and play to acts of digital autobiography. He is currently in post-production on his next documentary ZEN & THE ART OF DYING.
RONIT KIRCHMAN is a composer, music producer, songwriter, multi-instrumental performer, visual artist and author. She creates music for film and television, songs, concert works, music for theater and dance, and audiovisual computer compositions and installations. Films scored by Ronit have been award-winners and favorites at festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca and LA Film Festival, and span a wide range of genres – from comedy to drama, psychological suspense to documentary. Her scores include FINDING NEIGHBORS, THE SKIN I’M IN, THE GOLDEN AGE OF FISH, SAY YOU LOVE ME, and GOWANUS, BROOKLYN among others. As a violinist, Ronit has recently been featured in the music for NOW YOU SEE ME from Lionsgate and the Emmy-nominated RING OF FIRE. Her theater scores include STOP KISS in Los Angeles (2011) as well as a chamber opera and productions with Lincoln Center Theater Directors' Lab and Target Margin Theater (NYC). Ronit is the recipient of many awards including the Sundance/Time Warner Fellowship in Film Music, Sundance Composers Lab and Documentary Lab Fellowships, BMI Conductors Fellowship, and a Subito grant from the American Composers Forum. Ronit's soundtracks and albums are available through Wild River Records at ronitkirchman.com. More info at Ronit Kirchman Music on Facebook and imdb.me/ronitkirchman.
“US filmmaker Broderick Fox was always uncomfortable in his own skin, so he created a whole new one to live in.” –ABC Radio’s Conversations with Richard Fidler
Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
The Skin I'm In
In 2005, filmmaker Broderick Fox was found on the Berlin subway tracks with his head split open and a lethal blood alcohol level of 0.47. Strangers pulled him to safety, giving him a second chance at life and propelling him on a global journey to explore the limits of body, mind, spirit and art. Spanning Germany, Canada, Japan, Kenya, and the United States, Fox’s journey includes collaborations with Canadian First-Nations artist Rande Cook and African-American artist Zulu, who help him memorialize his experiences in a full back tattoo. In our digital age where personal confession and self-exposure abound, Fox instead transforms his experiences into art, making a film that is both innovative and accessible. More on the film at http://skiniminmovie.com
“In a world of uncertainty, the one thing I had absolute control over was my body. I drove it to extremes: anorexia, compulsive exercise, cutting, smoking, and finally, drinking. Feeling like my gay identity was denied by family and culture, I created and managed a series of compartmentalized personas to express the various aspects of self that were being repressed. Brody, the son and brother; Dr. Fox, the professor; and Broderick Fox, the artist were soon joined by Rick, the club kid, and Dina Brown, the drag queen.” – Broderick Fox
“Gory detail after crazy event is unspooled before our eyes, and like good voyeurs we gobble it up breathlessly awaiting the next barking mad beat that, in his rendering, becomes completely normal… This is a documentary that will be talked about!”–Santa Fe Film Festival
" Fox the filmmaker knows how to take the stuff of memoir and fashion art." –Edge Magazine