James Franco, Le DeLaria, Patina Miller and More Donate Personal Photos to MIX NYC's '#NakedEye Camera Benefit'

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James Franco, Le DeLaria, Patina Miller and More Donate Personal Photos to MIX NYC's '#NakedEye Camera Benefit'

Starting today, over 150 celebrities - actors, musicians, writers, models, photographers, performers - are auctioning off unique personal photos and selfies as part of the MIX NYC #NakedEye Camera Benefit. To bid, visit mixnyc.org/nakedeye. A full list of participating celebrities is included at the end of this release; auctions close on May 22nd.

This is a once ­in ­a ­lifetime opportunity to see inside the lives of some of your favorite celebrities - an unfiltered glimpse through their NAKED EYE at the way they live, what they do in their downtime, or perhaps even new projects that they can't announce publicly. All monies raised support MIX NYC, the queer experimental film organization & home of the longest continually running queer film festival in NYC.

The Naked Eye benefit features some of the biggest names in film (James Franco, Michael Cera, Parker Posey, Joseph Gordon­Levitt), TV (Julie Bowen, Lea DeLaria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Guillermo Diaz, Wendi McLendon­Covey, Dan Bucatinsky), theater (John Cameron Mitchell, Andrew Keenan­Bolger, Betty Buckley), music (Le1f, The Julie Ruin, Stephin Merritt), literature (Hilton Als, Michelle Tea, Wayne Kostenbaum), drag (Alaska Thunderfuck, Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Lady Bunny), porn (Buck Angel, Sasha Grey, Colby Keller, the men of CockyBoys), and fine art (Catherine Opie, Zackary Drucker, Terence Koh).

Each celebrity has taken a disposable camera worth of photos, which are being auctioned "naked," i.e. with undeveloped negatives included, giving fans a unique opportunity to own original, one­of­a­kind photographic artworks. Celebrity partners have been encouraged to have fun and create candid and surprising images that reflect their real lives. With top actors, comedians, musicians, drag queens, and even porn stars participating, there truly are images to appeal to all types.

A kick­off party emceed by RuPaul's Drag Race superstar Alaska Thunderfuck will celebrate the Naked Eye on May 15th at New York City's famed downtown venue The Slipper Room, described by the Times as "a beacon in the New York burlesque scene." There will be live performances, fantastic prizes, & VIP experiences.

Admission is $25 in advance or at the door, with a limited number of $50 VIP front­row seats available. Advance tickets are available on the Ticketfly website: ticketfly.com/event/566743­guest­event­naked­eye­new­york.

About MIX NYC: Proceeds from the auction will benefit MIX NYC, the nonprofit home of the New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, the longest­running queer film festival in New York City and a decisive launching pad for emerging talents - including some of the best­known names in cinema today. Over the years, the festival has debuted early works from such well­known artists as Todd Haynes, Jennie Livingston, Miranda July, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, Isaac Julien, 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 avant­garde 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 low­income and at­risk LGBTQ youth. It is also home to the ACT UP Oral History Project, and the fiscal sponsor of the Oscar­nominated 2013 AIDS documentary How to Survive a Plague. For these and other programs, MIX NYC receives support from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Materials for the Arts, and the generosity of many individuals.

More information about MIX NYC, the camera auction, and the benefit party can be found online at mixnyc.org/nakedeye.

PARTICIPATING CELEBRITIES (ALPHABETICAL):

Desiree Akhavan
Joan Allen
Hilton Als
Frankie J. Alvarez
Buck Angel
Gregg Araki
Penny Arcade
Joey Arias
Boomer Banks
Susanne Bartsch
Jake Bass
Jackie Beat
BenDeLaCreme
Mary Birdsong
Seth Bogart
Chris Bogia
Justin Vivian Bond
Kate Bornstein
Andrea Bowen
Julie Bowen
Pandora Boxx
Nicole Paige Brooks
Tammie Brown
Dan Bucatinsky
Betty Buckley
Lady Bunny
Charles Busch
Nao Bustamante
Ryan Carnes
Jonathan Caouette
Cast of Bob's Burgers
Rick Castro
Michael Cera
Walt Cessna
Craig Chester
Peaches Christ
Christeene (Paul Solieau)
Brady Corbet
Cody Critcheloe
Lea DeLaria
Mike Diana
Guillermo Diaz
Morty Diamond
Drew Droege
Zackary Drucker
Elvira (Cassandra Peterson)
Bradley Eros
Barbara Ess
O-T Fagbenle
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Robin Finck
Dominic J. Fournier (A Bearded Boy)
James Franco
Benjamin Fredrickson
Joe Gage
Rebecca Gayheart
Robert Gober
Adam Goldman
Anthony Goicolea
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Sasha Grey
Miguel Gutierrez
Chris Harder
Randy Harrison
Ian Harvie
Jake Jaxson
Alexander Kargaltsev
Joseph Keckler
Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Colby Keller
John Kelly
Cakes da Killa
Wayne Koestenbaum
Terence Koh
Marcelo Krasilcic
Sophia Lamar
Le1f
Amanda Lepore
Danielle Levitt
Jonathan Lisecki
Blake Little
Lovers
Amos Mac
Taylor Mac
Ann Magnuson
Honey Mahogany
Dina Martina
Galadriel Masterson
Tara Mateik
Travis Mathews
McDermott & McGough*
Wendi McLendon-Covey
Stephin Merritt
Leah Meyerhoff
Patina Miller
John Cameron Mitchell
Carlos Motta
Eloise Mumford
Julie Atlas Muz
My Barbarian
Tommy O'Haver
Jenni Olson
Tara Jane O'Neil
Catherine Opie
Justin Owen
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Stacie Passon
Kembra Pfahler
Alexis Blair Penney
Jack Pierson
Matthu Placek
Wakefield Poole
Parker Posey
Sally Jessy Raphael
Yoruba Richen
Michael Robinson
Emily Roysdon
Max Ryder
Max Ryder & Jake Bass (joint camera)
Ira Sachs
Diego Sans
Jacolby Satterwhite
Kenny Scharf
Amy Sedaris
Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Todd Shalom
Shangela
Eric Shanower
Jake Shears
Sebastian Silva
Allen Silver
Jill Soloway
Rae Spoon
Peter Stickles
Swoon
Brent Stewart
Mink Stole
Rider Strong
Michelle Tea
Scott Thompson
Alaska Thunderfuck 5000
Courtney Trouble
Mark Tusk
Tyger "Ty" Hudson
Jim Verraros
Miguel Villalobos
Jaimie Warren
Jarec Wentworth
Holly Woodlawn
The Yes Men
Ann Liv Young
World Famous *BOB*

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