MIX NYC is the nonprofit home of the New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, the longest-running queer film festival in New York City and a decisive launching pad for emerging talents—including some of the best-known names in cinema today. Over the years, the festival has debuted early works from such important artists as Todd Haynes, Jennie Livingston, Miranda July, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, Isaac Julien, Christine Vachon, Jonathan Caouette, and many others.
Originally founded in 1987 by filmmaker Jim Hubbard (United in Anger) and author Sarah Schulman (People in Trouble, Gentrification of the Mind), the MIX organization was born in the crucible of the AIDS crisis to devise new media and avant-garde artistic forms that called attention to the epidemic and its social injustices. Since then, MIX has run an exciting, explosive film festival for the last 26 years attracting thousands of attendees from around the world. MIX NYC has served as the inspiration for other film festivals internationally as well, including MIX Brazil, MIX Mexico, MIX Copenhagen, and MIX Milan.
Today, MIX NYC sponsors film screenings throughout New York’s five boroughs, conducts film preservation projects, and offers media training for low-income and at-risk LGBTQ youth. It is also home to the ACT UP Oral History Project, and the fiscal sponsor of the award-winning 2013 AIDS documentary How to Survive a Plague.