MIX NYC: New York's Edgiest Film Festival Launches Celebrity Art Auction with a Twist
Posted May 04 2006 12:00am
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
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.