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MIX: 18 to Showcase “Cake,” the Factory, and Livingston’s Latest

MIX: 18 to Showcase "Cake," the Factory, and Livingston's Latest

MIX: 18 to Showcase “Cake,” the Factory, and Livingston’s Latest

by Brian Brooks

A scene from Jennie Livingston’s “Who’s the Top,” which will have its U.S. Premiere at MIX, the New York Queer Experimental Media Festival, which will open April 7. Image courtesy of the filmmaker.

MIX, the New York Queer Experimental Media Festival is re-launching with their 18th edition beginning April 7 (the event had previously taken place in November) with two events scheduled opening night that, according to the festival, “highlight how collective efforts are dynamic engines producing meaning beyond any single medium or individual.”

MIX: 18 launches with a work-in-progress look at “Cake,” described by the event as a “new site-specific video and performance installation” created by videomaker Mary Ellen Strom and choreographer Ann Carlson. The installation, being installed in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport, uses video projection and performance exploring “the source-to-use trajectory of the apparel industry, presenting the labor, the environmental impact, and the economic/ethical complexities that face contemporary consumers.” The program is being co-sponsored with the lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s MOVE Residency.

Later in the evening, MIX will host its “Opening Night Happening” at Gallery on E. 27th St, beginning with its shorts program, “Really Fucking Good,” featuring world premieres of Kai Ling Xue‘s “A Girl Named Kai,” “Perfect Match” by Miguel Gutierrez, and the U.S. debuts of “Combien” by Gilles Tillet and Laurent Coltelloni and “Pull In” by Eliza Steinbock. Filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) will spin the tunes later that evening.

Warhol‘s Factory provides the context for a multi-screen “Collective Projection Celebration” featuring contemporary artists juxtaposed with Factory work, including the late pop artist’s films, “Couch” and “My Hustler.”

Also on tap for the festival are the U.S. premiere of filmmaker Jennie Livingston‘s (“Paris is Burning”) new short, “Who’s the Top.” and “Fucking Different,” a collection of shorts from fifteen Berlin filmmakers about the sexuality of their queer brothers and sisters, which played at the Berlinale in February. MIX will conclude April 12.

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