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MIX NYC: New York's Edgiest Film Festival Launches Celebrity Art Auction with a Twist

Posted May 04 2006 12:00am

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New York - MIX NYC, the non-profit media arts organization behind the annual New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Festival will kick off its 2006 fundraising effort, The Naked Eye Celebrity Camera Auction, with a blockbuster launch party, presented by award-winning filmmaker/actor John Cameron Mitchell and The L Word's Daniela Sea!

In keeping with MIX NYC's mission to promote, provoke and celebrate artistic experimentation, the organization sent out brand-new disposable Kodak cameras to artists far and wide-maverick filmmakers, indie rockers, sci-fi novelists, Hollywood lights, East Village club kids, porn auteurs-asking each of them to expose the film, but return the camera undeveloped. These unprocessed cameras-unique objets d'art created by dozens of the most exciting luminaries in the arts today-will be made available in an exciting online auction, starting at the launch party.

Collectors, fans and friends will have the opportunity to bid on eBay for cameras shot by Gus Van Sant, Laurie Anderson, Alan Cumming, Lucy Liu, Debbie Harry, Scott Heim, Jill Clayburgh, Charles Busch, Todd Oldham, John Cameron Mitchell, Peter Berlin and more than a hundred others!

The launch party, to be held Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, at 7 p.m., at the new Leslie/Lohman Art Gallery at 26 Wooster Street, in New York City, will be hosted by Murray Hill, with live music performances by Bitch, Bora Yoon, and Michael O'Neill, and an acrobalancing performance by Rose Calucchia, Alison Bear, and (M) Lollo. Guests also will have the chance to win fantastic prizes, like a free haircut from Tease Salon, free brunch from Prune, COLT studio DVDs and more.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit MIX NYC, producer of the New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Festival, the longest-running queer film festival in New York City and a decisive launching pad for emerging talents-including some of the best-known names in cinema today.

Today, MIX NYC is growing: the organization is ratcheting up its community-screenings program across the five boroughs, connecting with new audiences, and launching an ambitious new youth education program. This auction will help to support a bigger and brighter future!

MIX has always aimed for the jugular: a ruffled New York magazine critic once wrote of the festival, "[It's] definitely for the serious filmgoer; probably not for the prude." We couldn't have said it better ourselves! In MIX NYC's notoriously edgy, experimental style, The Naked Eye Celebrity Camera Auction promises to be an exciting, not-to-be-missed cultural event in itself-"the kind of non-traditional tradition New York needs right now like a tonic," as HX magazine quipped-sure to push buttons.Admission to this benefit event is $20, and includes the giveaways, an open bar, free hors d'oeuvres, and hobnobbing with the celebrity photographers, and more! Tickets will be available at the door. DJs at 7 PM, and performances begin at 9:30 PM.

MIX NYC sponsors include Kodak, HX, GO Magazine, Soho Letterpress, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

A full list of celebrity photographers and performers is here.

MIX Office: 212.742.8880 / www.mixnyc.org

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