You Should Go: MIX 25 – New York City’s Queer Experimental Film Festival

Gabby’s Team Pick:

Is anything ever gay enough? Even gay events sometimes lack that John Water’s-esque level of queer. You know, the type of queer aesthetic that makes Candy Land an actual place, pushes gender presentations into malleable art installations and somewhere someone is turning on a projector to show you what their world looks like. Say hello to MIX 25 – NYCs Queer Experimental Film Festival. Since 1987, the MIX festival’s focus has been on provocative, sensory teasing and underground films that explore queer identities, politics and the multitude of intersectionalities that fill up our daily dance cards and give us reason to keep on keepin’ on.

From the shocking to the familial, from internationally curated collections of shorts, to unique narrative, documentary and experimental features, MIX once again shakes up the film-going and art-seeking world.

MIX 25 is a week-long event in NYC. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by which day(s) to attend, here’s my pick within a pick: Wednesday Night. On Weds, MIX presents Exploding Lineage! created by San Francisco’s Queer Rebels. Are you ready for 14 films by 17 filmmakers, investigating queer/LGBT histories of experimental art? You better be because the Queer Rebels are a movement:

Queer Rebel Productions showcases queer artists of color, connects generations, and honors our histories with art for the future. Founded in 2008, Queer Rebel Productions emerged out of K.B. Boyce’s solo performances as TuffNStuff, Drag King of the Blues. Launched amidst recession and a dwindling African American population in San Francisco, Queer Rebels fills a void by asserting the presence and critical contributions of African Americans and LGBT people of color.

— S/N Queer Rebels meet Latino Rebels. Rebeldes del mundo unite! —

Katrina Casiño and I will be in attendance this Wednesday night for an official fairy bro date. Please join us and make it a queer film rebel party! If that’s not enough to get you out of your house, here’s what the beautiful Queer Rebels had to say about why they exist:

Directors K.B. Boyce and Celeste Chan state, “We do this to energize our community through the arts, to create our own culture, and to inspire hope.”

  Buy your tickets now! Hope to see you there. Queer movies for everyone! Bring your $3 bills and rebel spirits.

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Gabrielle Rivera is an awesomely queer Bronx bred, writer, spoken word artist and director. Her short stories and poems have been published in various anthologies such as the Lambda Award winning Portland Queer: Tales from the Rose City and The Best of Panic! En Vivo from the East Village. Her short film "Spanish Girls are Beautiful" follows a group of young Latina and Caucasian girls who like girls as they hook up, smoke up and try to figure sh*t out. She also freelances for while working in the film and television industry. Gabrielle is currently working on her first novel while bouncing around NYC performing spoken word and trying to stick it to the man.

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  1. In addition to Exploding Lineage, you will love She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column showing Sunday night. Toronto dykes form punk band Fifth Column and collaborate on films, music and zines that spark Homocore and Riot Grrl and generally fuck shit up… inspirationally!

  2. A great looking documentary is up on pozible at the moment it’s called gayby baby or something like that its about gaybys really thank you for your time that is all

  3. Dude, I totally would go Wednesday but I’m torn between not wanting to crash the magical fairy bro date and really wanting to hang out and seeing this amazing thing.

      • My boss just told me that we’re going to be in Staten Island all day doing relief work. Which is great, we were in Jersey last week, so it’s good to get to multiple places. However, this means that I won’t be done with work in time to come chill. Boo for long hours but yay that they are meaningful. Cheers queers, have a great time!

  4. “John Water’s-esque level of queer.”

    This is exactly what things are lacking, I will be adopting this phrase and making it applicable to everything.

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