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’MIX NYC’ Encourages Audiences to Experiment with Themselves

by Michael  Cox
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Nov 11, 2013

Ready to seize the absolute artistic experience? The "26th Annual MIX Festival" a queer celebration and the premiere New York GLBTQ experimental film festival, runs Nov. 12th through 17th at the MIX Factory, 521 Third Avenue, Brooklyn.

MIX NYC showcases a diverse manner of artistic expression, including over 225 short films, features, art installations and live performances-made by or for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and queer people-along with galleries and gathering spaces open free to the public.

"It's a festival (and experience) like very few - if any - others in the Metropolitan area, and in our 26th year, we've grown to an extent I'm incredibly proud of," says Executive Director, Stephen Kent Jusick.

As they often fly under-the-radar compared to other festivals in the area, people outside the underground artistic community in New York aren't necessarily aware of the vital role "MIX NYC" has played in outsider art. With their illustrious history of experimental showcases, they've brought audiences early work of celebrated filmmakers such Gus Van Sant, Jonathan Caouette, Todd Haynes, Jennie Livingston, Isaac Julien, Nisha Ganatra, Barbara Hammer and many others.

Past festival leaders have gone on to curatorial positions at prestigious institutions, including Shari Frilot, senior programmer at Sundance and Rajendra Roy, chief film curator at the Museum of Modern Art.

"MIX NYC" prides themselves on making the festival an interactive and experiential wonderland-each attendee's for the making-filled with mind-bending art and friendly crowds in a warehouse transformed by local artists.

"[The MIX Festival is] an inspirational and insurrectional carnival of great style, sassiness and subversion," says filmmaker John Greyson who created "Fig Trees," "Lilies" and "Zero Patience."

Within their Gowanus, Brooklyn-based venue, "MIX NYC" encourages all who join in the celebration to embrace the entire artistic experience, and make an "experiment" of themselves.

Nov. 12-17, 2013
521 Third Avenue, Brooklyn
(between 12th & 13th Streets, in Gowanus)

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