Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's the collective that makes us strong


 Your festival is an inspirational and insurrectional carnival of great style, sassiness and subversion—I was honored to be a part of it!

- Filmmaker John Greyson, Fig Trees

We're blushing. The 2009 NY Queer Experimental Film Festival had to be one of our best. We had a greater turn-out than in recent years. We screened films and exhibited installations by artists throughout NYC, the country, and the world. And even in these troubled financial times, our box office saw a little boost from years past.

But, did you know ticket sales cover less than 10% of MIX NYC's annual budget? Believe us, queer experimental film exhibition is not a lucrative business.

So how do we do it? With the help of our generous community, of course. MIX is not only made possible by the tireless collaborative efforts of our all-volunteer staff, it also depends upon the good will of numerous individual donors.

It may be hard to imagine that the costs of our annual festival are covered by pooling together small contributions of $20 here and $50 there. But it's true. We scrimp and save all year long, put aside spare change, and cut expenses left and right. Rumor has it, some people have even sold their own blood just to make sure MIX happens year after year.

Why? Because MIX is unlike anything else in New York. As filmmaker John Geyson puts it, we are insurrectional. We promote and support subversive art. We love to challenge the mainstream. And most of all because we are queers who love to experiment!

We hope you do too, and we'd like to ask for your support. Won't you please chip in too? Donations to MIX are 100% tax-deductible, and we need them to keep us going.

That's how we've done it for 22 years so far. Let's keep up the momentum and make MIX even more amazing next year.

Photos by JP Pullos

79 Pine Street #132
New York, NY 10005

MIX NYC promotes, produces and preserves experimental media that is rooted in the lives, politics, and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and otherwise queer-identified people. MIX's work challenges mainstream notions of gender and sexuality while also upending traditional categories of form and content. To add or remove a subscription, email us at:

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