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MIX Festival Says “Resistance Is Fertile” For 17th Year

MIX Festival Says "Resistance Is Fertile" For 17th Year

MIX Festival Says “Resistance Is Fertile” For 17th Year

by Karl Beck

Pictured in Barbara Hammer’s “Resisting Paradise,” is a liberation band in Marseilles, France in 1945. Photo by Julia Pirotte, courtesy of the filmmakers.

MIX, the New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival, will return for its 17th year of underground programming and risqué parties November 19-23 in New York. As the longest running queer festival in New York, MIX will present a variety of features and shorts programs, including veteran filmmaker Barbara Hammer’s new doc “Resisting Paradise,” which features interviews with figures crucial to the French Resistance movement but whose comments MIX17 organizers believe have particular relevance in the current political climate.

The fest’s slogan this year is “Resistance Is Fertile” and organizers intend the festival to “drive a stake into the clogged heart of American complacency,” according to a prepared statement the festival has released. The festival will host 19 world premieres.

The MIX slate varies from “Tales of the Night Fairies,” a doc about sex workers in Calcutta, to “Queerly Classed,” a shorts program devoted to avant-garde female perspectives of working-class issues. One program slated for November 22, “The Personal Is Political,” will feature Jean Carlomusto’s video “Monte Cassino,” about the filmmaker’s relationship with her father and civilians who undergo the trauma of war. The kick-off begins on November 11th in DUMBO with an art auction and benefit hosted by Murray Hill with performances by Mike Albo, Marga Gomez, among others.

Festival screenings will take place at Anthology Film Archives; MIX parties are slated for venues throughout the city.

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