May 14, 2006
Michael and I will be in New York this week, if only for a couple of days. I'm taking part in a fundraiser for MIX NYC, a non-profit media arts organization that runs the annual New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Festival. On Tuesday they're having a kick-off party, which will jumpstart their fundraiser, "The Naked Eye Celebrity Camera Auction," presented by HEDWIG creator / filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell and Daniela Sea of that L WORD show I've never seen (since I don't get Showtime).
The fundraiser is best described by their press release:
"In keeping with MIX NYC's mission to promote, provoke, and celebrate artistic experimentation, the organization sent out brand-new disposable Kodak cameras to artists far and wide--maverick filmmakers, indie rockers, sci-fi novelists, Hollywood lights, East Village club kids, and porn auteurs--asking each of them to expose the film, but return the camera undeveloped. These unprocessed cameras--unique objets d'art created by dozens of the most exciting luminaries in the arts today--will be made available in an exciting online auction, starting at the launch party.
"Collectors, fans and friends will have the opportunity to bid on ebay for cameras shot by Gus Van Sant, Laurie Anderson, Alan Cumming, Lucy Liu, Debbie Harry, Scott Heim, Jill Clayburgh, Charles Busch, Todd Oldham, John Cameron Mitchell, Peter Berlin, and more than a hundred others!
"The launch party will be held Tuesday, May 16th, at 7 p.m., at the new Leslie/Lohman Art Gallery at 26 Wooster Street, in New York City."
I think admission is something like 20 buckaroos if you don't have an invite. But I think there's an open bar! If you're there, come up & say hi; if not, make a bid on ebay (starting on May 16th) if you want! (Some of the other photo-takers include folks like Martha Plimpton, Bruce La Bruce, Miranda July, Rick Moody, the dudes from Pansy Division, Mike Diana, Wayne Koestenbaum, Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, Lori Petty, Heather Matarazzo, Justin Bond from Kiki & Herb, and a bunch of porn stars and COLT models.)
And oh yeah, the shots in my 'Scott Heim' camera took a canine theme--I couldn't decide what to shoot, so I took guidance from a recurring dream I'd had about being a German shepherd. "Cape Cod in the spring, from a dog's eye level."
(Above: let me just add that I'm totally overjoyed to be named in the MIX NYC press release, especially since I'm listed right between Debbie Harry and Jill Clayburgh. Sigh.)
Posted by scottheim at May 14, 2006 02:18 AM
That is so very, very cool. And being in such proximity (in print, at least) to Jill Clayburgh? Bonus! ;)
Posted by: Amanda at May 15, 2006 05:10 PM
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