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                                                        DON'T MISS IT!
                                                         VICTORIA MIX
                                                  NOVEMBER 20 - 24, 1996
            VICTORIA 5 THEATRE (235 West 125th Street, b/w 7th & 8th Aves)
                                        The first gay film festival in Harle=
Visit  or call 212.501.2309 for up to date
showtimes and schedule information.
 MIX 96
10th new york lesbian & gay experimental film/video festival
mix brasil :  4th festival das manifesta=E7=F5es da sexualidade
mix m=E9xico:  el primer festival de diversidad sexual
341 lafayette st., no.  169, new york, new york 10012
phone: 212.219.3102, fax: 212.219.2645,email: [log in to unmask]
Contact:  Shari Frilot, Ernesto Foronda, Stephen Kent Jusick or Raj Roy at
=46rom November 20 - 24th, as part of our 10th Anniversary celebration, MIX
96: 10th New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival and Third
World Newsreel will present VICTORIA MIX - a special five-day program
honoring the renaissance of lesbian & gay film and video from the African
Diaspora made over the past decade.   VICTORIA MIX --  the first gay film
festival ever to take place in Harlem -- will present a wide variety of
work from a range of artists including  Isaac Julien, Cheryl Dunye, Charles
Lofton, Jocelyn Taylor, Stephen Winter, Dawn Suggs, Thomas Allen Harris,
Michelle Parkerson, Shari Frilot and the late Marlon Riggs.
The gains made by black nationalist movements of the 60's and 70's enabled
the children of that movement to embrace media making in radical and
liberating ways.  Filmmakers from this generation who are lesbians, gay
men, bisexual, and transgendered have been among the most dynamic and
distinctive voices in the media, bursting though boundaries and setting new
standards in cinematic expression of identity and sexuality.  The works of
these artists have served to reinvigorate and redefine methods of
filmmaking.  Michelle Parkerson's Storme: The Lady of the Jewel Box and
Isaac Julien and the Sankofa Collective's The Passion of Remembrance marked
the beginning of this significant artistic movement and served to inspire a
new generation of lesbian & gay media makers.
VICTORIA MIX is sponsored by an array of social and political
organizations, including African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal
Change, Gay Men of African Descent, and the legendary House of Latex,
making VICTORIA MIX a unique opportunity to congregate, network and expand
our collective cinematic culture.
A special five-day side bar presented by MIX 96 and 3rd World Newsreel at
at the grand Victoria Theatre in Harlem (235 West 125th Street b/w 7th &
8th Ave.)
Celebrating the renaissance of queer film and video from the African Diaspor=
Wednesday, November 20, 1996
8-10pm Victoria Theatre Rotunda
10 - 2pm  Theatre 5
A Miniball performance presented by House of Latex
Thursday, November 21, 1996
7 PM Theatre 4
=46IRE! (106 min.)
Curated by Cheryl Dunye & Thomas Allen Harris
Received with great acclaim and enthusiasm at the 1992 Festival, and
marking a new era in queer African diasporic cinema, this program's title
is inspired by the Harlem Renaissance journal of the same name, suggesting
how the makers of the early 90s are burning with the same creative
intensity as their forebears.
Black Body (Thomas Allen Harris, 1992, 7 min.) A bound black body writhes.
Is it S&M, or is it abuse?
Ebbo for Elegua (Raul Ferrera-Balanquet, 1992, 12 min.) A Santeria ritual
for the deity of the crossroads.
A Cosmic Demonstration of Sexuality (Shari Frilot, 1992, 20 min.) Women's
sexuality is reinvested with the power of the atom, of the planet and of
the cosmos.
I Never Danced The Way Girls Were Supposed To (Dawn Suggs, 1992, 10 min.)
Kitchen table philosophizing about preconceptions of black lesbian
Slap Rap (Carlo Carmona, 1992, 5 min.) A conversation turns
confrontation/coming out story.
Mother's Hands (Vejan Smith, 1992, 10 min.) Memories of sexual abuse
between mother and child.
The Potluck & the Passion (Cheryl Dunye, 25 min.) At an anniversary
celebration, women with different agendas mix and don't mix.
Rage and Desire (Ruppert Gabriel, 1992, 17 min.) The life of Nigerian
photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode.
9 PM Theatre 4
Black Is....Black Ain't (Marlon Riggs, 1995, 87 min.)
The final film by the award-winning Riggs jumps into the middle of
explosive debates over black identity. White Americans have always
stereotyped African Americans. But self-imposed rigid definitions of
blackness have also been devastating. Using his grandmother's gumbo as a
metaphor for the rich diversity of black identities, Riggs' camera
criss-crosses the country bringing us face to face with the paradox of
contested definitions of blackness.
=46riday, November 22, 1996
6:30 PM Theatre 4
VINTAGE * Families of Value (Thomas Allen Harris, 1995, 72 min.)
Three sets of siblings record their own visions of family through intimate
conversations that explore issues of parenting and sibling rivalry, sexual
identity and homophobia, HIV/AIDS and histories of abuse, as well as love
and possibilities for redemption.
8 PM Theatre 4
HARLEM STORIES (74 min.)  Curated by the Festival Committee
A fine and beautiful program which brings to life Harlem's gay legacy.
Looking for Langston (Isaac Julien, 42 min.) Acclaimed lyrical evocation of
Langston Hughes.
Storme: The Lady of the Jewel Box (Michelle Parkerson, 1987, 21 min.) An
intimate portrait of the former MC and male impersonator with the legendary
Jewel Box Revue-America's first integrated female impersonation show.
The Milan Ball (Felix Rodriguez, 1995, 8 min.) A look at several pre-op
transsexuals as they prepare for their festive night at the Allure Ball.
10 PM Theatre 4
This program of sexy stories by boys and girls minces no words, and tells
it like it is.
The Male Gayze (Jack Waters, 1990, 11 min.) Losing a dance competition and
being courted by one of the exploitative judges.
Merida Proscrita (Raul Ferrera-Balanquet) A gorgeous portrait of a pick-up
scene in the streets of M=E9xico.
I Like Dreaming (Charles Lofton, 1994, 7 min.) Cruising on a subway
platform. Is he straight? Or straight-acting, straight-appearing?
Affirmations (Marlon Riggs, 1990, 10 min.) An affectionate, humorous
confessional moves on to a wish for empowerment and incorporation.
24 Hours a Day (Jocelyn Taylor, 1993, 10 min.) Routine activities take on
curious sexual overtones.
She Don't Fade (Cheryl Dunye, 1991, 23 min.) Humorous search for the
perfect woman.
8 Ball (K. Brent Hill, 1995, 18 min.) A Caribbean writer narrates a story
in which a man must reveal his HIV status to his new lover.
Saturday, November 23, 1996
4 PM Theatre 4
Curated by the Festival Committee
This diverse program explores the ways in which racial and sexual identity
have worked to create a tough world for queers of color.
Our House: Lesbians and Gays in the Hood (Not Channel Zero, 20 min.)
Upfront, in your face, hard-hitting interviews with Black gays and lesbians
provides an uncompromising look at homophobia, racism, alienation and
empowerment for queer African Americans.
Odds and Ends (Michelle Parkerson, 28 min.) In 2096, black warrior women
wage a vigilant battle against racial and gender annihilation.
Heaven, Earth and Hell (Thomas Allen Harris, 1993, 26 min.) Reflecting on
the "trickster" figure in African and Native American cultures, while
recounting the story of first love.
O Happy Day (Charles Lofton, 1995, 6 min.) (Homo)eroticizes the
male-dominated Black Power movement.
Now Pretend (Leah Gilliam,1992, 11 min.) The use of race as an arbitrary
signifier. Drawing upon language, personal memories and the 1959 text Black
Like Me.
6 PM Theatre 4
BLACK NATIONS/QUEER NATIONS? (Shari Frilot, 1995, 50 min.) That
all-too-rare a creature-a good conference documentary. Unlike many films of
this genre, BN/QN? is a remarkable record of a conference, which was held
in New York City in March 1995. Without forcing one to relive the entire
experience of the conference, BN/QN? successfully captures the essence of
this historic occasion. Even if you couldn't be there to enjoy it first
hand, this film gives you the real gist of the significant themes and
topics covered in this three-day exploration of the diverse and fluid range
of African diasporic lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender experiences.
Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself: An Autobiography (Yvonne
Welbon, 1995, 30 min.) An autobiographical documentary about the
experiences of an African-American woman living in Taiwan from 1984-1990.
8 PM Theatre 4
And the feeling's all right in this program of confession, reflection and
good ol' girl drama.
Sightings (H. Len Keller, 1995, 12 min.)  A laundromat encounter leads to a
fantasy bonanza.
She Left the Script Behind (Dawn Suggs, 1993, 6 min.) A young actress
resists the roles constructed for her.
Spin Cycle (Aarin Burch, 1991, 5 or 10 min.) A filmmaker ruminates about
her craft and relationships.
Janine (Cheryl Dunye, 1990, 9 min.) A high-school desire for acceptance in
a white upper-middle-class world.
Monique (Yvonne Welbon, 1991, 3 min.) A schoolyard rivalry between two
girls reveals more similarities than differences.
What is a Line? (Shari Frilot, 1994, 10 min.) Emotional dramas of a jilted
lover on a train ride.
A Short Film About Us* (Rita Smith, 1996, 7 min.) British dykes talk sex,
politics and what it means to be black.
B.D. Women (Inge Blackman, 1994, 20 min.) Rewriting the vanished history of
black lesbian lives with contemporary interviews and a 1920s love story.
10 PM Theatre 4
This gorgeous program dare to take on a variety of too-hot-to-handle
subjects, including inter-racial SM sex, lesbian domestic violence and the
power of naked black women.
Bodily Functions (Jocelyn Taylor, 1995, 20 min.) A young girl's sexual
evolution is backdropped by a naked female pedestrian and a butch biker.
The Attendant (Isaac Julien, 1993, UK, 35mm to video, 8 min.) Investigates
the intersections of race, representation, and erotic imagination through
the eyes of a black security guard in a museum, whose sado-masochistic
memories/fantasies are triggered by a young white gay man and a
19th-century painting of slaves in bondage that comes to life.
Vanilla Sex (7 min.) Is it who you do or what you don't do?
This Is Not An AIDS Advert (Isaac Julien, 1987, 14 min.) A funk soundtrack
directs the viewer to "feel no guilt in your desire" for pictures of male
Chasing the Moon (Dawn Suggs, 1991, 4 min.) The memory of an attack.
No Regrets (Marlon Riggs, 38 min.) Five HIV+ men speak of their
confrontation with AIDS.
Splash (Thomas Allen Harris, 7 min.) Fable of the construction of masculinit=
Sunday, November 24, 1996
2pm Theatre 4
Sunday November 24 2 PM Victoria Theatre
THE PASSION OF REMEMBRANCE (Sankofa, 1985, 16mm, UK, sound, color, 80 min.)
The Passion of Remembrance (Maureen Blackwood, Isaac Julien, Sankofa
Collective, 1986, 80 min.) Screened at the first Festival, this film is a
multi-layered look at the concerns facing black British youth in the
turbulent 80s of Thatcherism. West Indian Maggie Baptiste grapples with
race, sex and class bias among her family and friends.
4 PM Theatre 4
=46rom NYC to Chicago to LA, these works tell the thrilling and tragic
stories of queer life inthe urban metropolis.
Via New York (Kagendo Murungi, 1995, 9 min.) A New York analysis of African
lesbian and gay lives and rights.
=46lower Market (Jack Waters, 1993, 20 min.) The NYC flower market during a
languorous and erotic summer.
One Moment in Time (Felix Rodriguez, 1992, 20 min.) Inside New York's
vogueing culture a butch god forsakes body and soul in order to please a
Sapphire and the Slave Girl (Leah Gilliam, 1995, USA, video, sound, 18
min.) Racial passing, cross dressing, taboo sexualities and other noir-ish
Voodoo Williamson-The Dona of Dance (Vaginal Davis, 1995, 18 min.) For 37
years, Voodoohas brough "the dance." to inner-city youth.
6 PM Theatre 4
Can't live with them, can't live without them. This program shows how
families serve as a constant source of pleasure and pain, confusing and
Pull Your Head to the Moon: Stories of Creole Women (Ayoka Chenzira & David
Rousseve, 1992, 13 min.) A young man's mortal loss and the experiences of
his Creole grandmother in the early 1900s.
Missing Relations (Yvonne Welbon, 1994, 13 min.) Childhood memories of
love, loss and familya round the separation and reunion of twin sisters.
=46irefly ***(Dawn Suggs, 1996, 10 min.) A little girl and her great great
aunt struggle through slavery and unhappy home.
Untitled Portrait (Cheryl Dunye) A lovely musing on sibling affection.
=46rankie and Jocie (Jocelyn Taylor, 1994, 18 min.) A conversation between a
lesbian and her brother attempts to untangle tensions.
8 PM Theatre 4
$10 (includes screening and party)
(Stephen Winter, 1996, NY Premiere, 80 min.) A gorgeous and outrageous film
about a harsh fantasy underworld where raging HIV+ African American and
Asian queer outcasts become terrorists who attack conservative politicians.
As the  gang fights for liberation, their alliance is threatened when its
youngest member an undercover government aide, finds himself seduced by his
closeted homosexual boss. Emotions, obsessions, and addictions are
riotously depicted.
                                                November  14-24, 1996
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