MIX Festival Kicks Off

by Mark Rabinowitz

The MIX: New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film and Video Festival
kicked off on Wednesday at New York's Anthology Film Archives with a
screening of ten short videos and films, including Andrew Hiller's
imaginatively titled "Fly Away Homo," a series of Andy Warhol's
Polavision movies from 1978-79, and a Black & White claymation short by
Christopher Chong, called "Crash Skid Love." Each program of shorts has
been given a different title, including "Illicit Acts," a collection of
Super 8 films of illicit acts, curated by Stephen Kent Jusick; "Scared
Stiff: Part Deux!
", a collection of queer cult and horror films; "TV
"; "Bi Focals"; "Frankenstein's Dreams"; "Avant Gauge," and "Act
Like a Man
." Films featured include "In Frame" by Doug Wolens ("Weed")
and "Blue Diary" by Jenni Olson (Popcorn Q), as well an many more.

In their catalog, MIX states that "we have reached a point where MIX
could drop the LG from its full title. It is, however, our goal to keep
the historical connection between 'Lesbian & Gay' and 'Experimental
Filmmaking' intact." Their goal is to program a festival that expands
and redefines the genre, so that a film with no "gay" content can still
be described as a Lesbian or Gay film, "beause of the makers artistry."
This year's festival also created an Artistic Director position,
allowing an artist to have creative control over the festival. This
year's AD is Anie S8 Stanley. The festival wraps on Sunday night,
November 22nd at The Knitting Factory with "Score," a collection of
"rare vintage regular and Super 8mm Gay Male Erotic Films from the
Golden Years," scored by live bands.