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The 24th MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival Kicks Off Next Week

The 24th MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival Kicks Off Next Week

MIX 24: The 24th MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival is coming up! Beginning November 15, 2011 attendees can join the celebration of queer identity and politics through film and art throughout six days of screenings, performances and installations. The festival will take place at 45 Bleeker St, New York, NY.

MIX 24: The 24th MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival is coming up! Beginning November 15, 2011 attendees can join the celebration of queer identity and politics through film and art throughout six days of screenings, performances and installations. The festival will take place at 45 Bleeker St, New York, NY.

MIX's past audiences have described the Festival as “a transformative experience,” like a friend of Dorothy's trip to Oz. Since 1987, MIX NYC has presented the latest in queer experimental film and previously unseen works from legendary figures in avant-garde cinema.

With over a dozen installations integrated into an organic queer cavern and full of couches and cushions, the MIX Wonderland seeks to bring together a community of queer artists where one can connect with an endless diversity of queer makers and audiences. There will be performances every night of the festival as well.

Admission to the lounge performances and installations is free, while tickets for opening and closing night are $20, and regular shows are $12.

The full list of screenings, films and performances can be found on MIX NYC’s website, but here are a few highlights you won’t want to miss:

Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch - Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 PM

Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch is a documentary that examines an extraordinary individual and her fight to create an America that accepts all as equal, devoid of racial, gender or sexuality-based violence and disparity. An in-person discussion with Charlotte Bunch, director and producer Tami Gold and co-producer David Pavlosky will follow the screening.

Rote Ohren fetzen durch Asche(Flaming Ears) - Friday, November 18 at 10:00 PM

Queer cinema classic Flaming Ears is a groundbreaking masterpiece of dyke filmmaking heralded by TVguide.com as “a dismal miasma of butch posturing” and “a festival of ugliness.” Created collaboratively in 1991 by A. Hans Scheirl, Ursula Puerrer, and Dietmar Schipek, Flaming Ears is a highly stylized, science fiction dystopian lesbian romance filled with paraphilia, violence and vivid color.

Community Action Center - Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 PM

Directed by A.L. Steiner and A.K. Burns, this project is a small archive of an intergenerational community built on collaboration, friendship, sex and art. The work attempts to explore a consideration of feminist fashion, sexual aesthetics and an expansive view of what is defined as “sex.” Burns and Steiner worked with artists and performers who created infinitely complex gender and performance roles that are both real and fantastical, set to a soundtrack of music and original compositions by artists culled from the worldwide sisterhood.

In addition, a live performance by musicians Sam Miller and Nick Hallett, a screening of Female Fist by Kajsa Dahlberg, and a Q&A with director A.K. Burns, will kickoff an exciting closing night!

MIX NYC also provides year-round community screenings, a summer media workshop for queer youth, film preservation projects, and the groundbreaking ACT UP Oral History Project, documenting how collective action transformed AIDS activism, queer identity and health care in America.

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