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Mission Statement

MIX NYC promotes, produces and preserves experimental media -- from film and video to performance and music -- that is rooted in the lives, politics and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
(LGBT) and otherwise queer-identified people.


Founded in 1987, MIX has earned a reputation as a crucible for artist-driven innovation with an established international influence on the world of experimental media. MIX is a unique LGBT community-building and arts organization that
provides a home for queer experimental artists and makes their work more accessible to the public through pioneering presentation. Best known for the MIX Festival, aka the New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental FIlm Festival, held in November, MIX has since grown into an internationally recognized media laboratory and a launching pad for emerging talents. MIX annually presents over 200 videos, films, digital media, installations, and performances to large, diverse and avid audeinces from around the New York area and beyond. Over its first 19 years, MIX has introduced audiences to the early work of now-renowned artists such as Gus Van Sant, (Good Will Hunting), Cheryl Dunye (Stranger Inside), Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven), Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation), Isaac Julien (Looking for Langston), Sandi Simcha DuBowski (Trembling Before G-d), Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know), Juan Carlos Zaldivar (90 Miles) and Nisha Ganatra (Chutney Popcorn). As part of MIX's commitment to its unique artistic base, we provide fiscal sponsorship to filmmakers whose work might otherwise go unsupported.

MIX's education initiative, A Different Take, began in 1995 to connect LGBT youth with working filmmakers in New York City, and to provide opportunities for learning the nuts, bolts and aesthetics of filmmaking.

Throughout the year, MIX presents a series of community screenings with local filmmakers in the Bronx, Brookly, Queens and Manhattan, which are smaller and more intimate opportunties to interact with local communities that fall outside of MIX's traditional downtown demographic. Our new monthly screening series takes place on the 2nd Monday of each month at Collective: Unconscious in Tribeca.

MIX's ACT UP Oral History Project, begun in 2003, is an ongoing chronicle of the revolutionary AIDS activist group's history. Over 64 interviews have been conducted, with more in the pipeline. Complete transcripts and video excerpts are available at www.actuporalhistory.org.



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