John Cameron Mitchell Does Publishing

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To celebrate the release of Shortbus, Time Out New York lent John Cameron Mitchell the editorial helms for their Sex Issue, which hits stands today. (Well, at least in New York, that is.)

We got a super groovy press release about it and everything, which we’ve included after the jump. Here’s a sample of what to expect in said issue:

Mitchell kicks things off with an introduction in which he pontificates on a number of topics, including the concept of Shortbus, the use of real sex as a means for characters to express themselves, casting the film, and “real” sex in film and how it relates to the sexual activity of today’s New Yorkers.

That activity, as reported in the TONY Sex issue, includes prostitution, orgies, live performance and more. The issue also features sex columnist Jamie Bufalino’s annual sex poll, true confessions from sexed-up New Yorkers, a dominatrix tag sale and a profile of a sex therapist.

A profile on a sex therapist? Oh, that is sexy. Kidding aside, isn’t the “guest editor” bit the best cross-promotional gimmick in publishing history?

TIME OUT NEW YORK ENLISTS JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL
TO TAKE A DEEP LOOK INTO REAL NYC SEX ACTION

Shortbus Director Guest-Edits TONY’s Annual Sex Issue

New York, NY–October 2, 2006: Time Out New York (TONY) contemplates copulation with its annual Sex issue, guest-edited for the first time by award-winning multihyphenate John Cameron Mitchell. The stimulating symposium, hitting newsstands and mailboxes October 5, delves into such steamy topics as the current state of escorting, cinematic sex, and sex “salon” gatherings in New York City. Throughout, guest editor Mitchell waxes poetic about the concept of his polymorphous, polysexual cinematic celebration, Shortbus.

“After seeing John Cameron Mitchell’s new film, Shortbus, we knew it would be a natural fit for him to get involved with our Sex issue,” said features editor Soren Larson. “His movie is a very NYC-centric story about sexual identity, sexual communities and sexual connections among the diverse types of people who make the city unusual and interesting.” This isn’t Mitchell’s first brush with the city’s leading arts-and- entertainment resource; he graced the cover of Time Out New York in 1999 for a story on Hedwig and the Angry Inch. “The timing is perfect, as Shortbus arrives in theaters October 4, a day before our Sex issue hits,” Larson added.

Mitchell’s deliciously dirty film, called “a deeply heartfelt vision of sex” by TONY film editor Melissa Anderson, and which features unsimulated carnal acts, proves a fitting launch point for TONY’s yearly take on sex in the city. Mitchell kicks things off with an introduction in which he pontificates on a number of topics, including the concept of Shortbus, the use of real sex as a means for characters to express themselves, casting the film, and “real” sex in film and how it relates to the sexual activity of today’s New Yorkers.

That activity, as reported in the TONY Sex issue, includes prostitution, orgies, live performance and more. The issue also features sex columnist Jamie Bufalino’s annual sex poll, true confessions from sexed-up New Yorkers, a dominatrix tag sale and a profile of a sex therapist.

“I am pleased to have created this issue with Time Out New York,” said Mitchell. “There is such a reluctance to address sex as an inherent part of the human experience in this country,” he added, noting that “the true perversion to me is crushing it and hiding it.”
For more information, please contact:
Time Out New York–Colette Prosper 646-432-3086