Sunday, August 09, 2009

We're not there yet. Please show some love.

Friends of MIX,

Earlier this week we sent a message about our need to raise $1800 after the Bank of New York Mellon rejected us for funding. We're still $1000 short of this very modest goal, so we're writing again urging you to please help us with a donation today. Even $25 would help.

Can you support MIX NYC with a donation of $25, right now?

That's what you would pay to take a date to the movies. So skip that next big blockbuster, and show a little love for queer experimental film today.

To make a tax-deductible donation of any amount visit us online at

Click the DONATE button and follow the steps to make a gift with your credit or debit card.

To send a check by mail, make payable and address it to:

79 Pine Street, PMB 132
New York, NY 10005

Why is queer experimental film and performance art so hard to fund? For the very reasons why we love it so much! Because it's edgy. It pushes boundaries. It crosses lines and challenges norms. Sometimes it's sexually charged, and often it's politically controversial.

But for 23 years, MIX has been pulling off one of the hottest, most dynamic, avant-garde film festivals that NYC has ever known. That's a long time for a DIY arts organization to survive. Plus, to do it without corporate money and, for the most part, major philanthropic support is downright miraculous.

And how do we do it? With a lot of love and commitment from some pretty incredible people. Did you know that MIX's all-volunteer staff doesn't even get paid, despite putting in countless hours reviewing hundreds of film submissions every summer, presenting a week-long festival every fall, and producing events in every NYC borough all-year-round?

In these conservative financial times it's even more imperative that individuals like you—people who value the importance of completely original, completely queer and completely uncompromised experimental art—step forward to support the cutting-edge.

If you have love for queer experimental film, now is the time to show it. The best way to do this is with a financial contribution. Just think of the price of a regular movie ticket in NYC. It's up to $12.50, and to take a date, we're talking $25. So, skip that next big blockbuster and help keep the underfunded, non-commercial, queer experimental film underground kicking.

Really, it's up to us to make MIX happen. Commercial and corporate sources of funding just aren't going to materialize. Plus, that's fundamentally not who we are. We're as much a community of film lovers are we are an annual festival and underground arts organization. We think it's this community we have built together, with hard work and everyone chipping-in, that makes MIX so special. And we hope you do too.


Stephen Kent Jusick
MIX NYC Executive Director

Frank Susa
MIX NYC Board Chair


Office: 79 Pine Street #132
New York, NY 10005
212 742 8880

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.


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