John Cameron Mitchell might not have a new film out at the moment, but he’s in Berlin for the film festival with plenty of other activities keeping him busy. On a break from writing the stage sequel to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Mitchell was invited by the Berlinale Talent Campus to speak about cinematic depiction of sex for Thursday’s “Some Like It Hot” panel at HAU1. Later that night, he and I will join Shortbus stars PJ DeBoy and Paul Dawson for MATTACHINE Berlin, the first European edition of their semi-legendary NYC dance party, taking place at Monster Ronson’s.
Following his guest appearance at PORK (DJ Prix‘s weekly party in a charmingly seedy sex club), Mitchell explained to Exberliner, “Mattachine is a kind of pre-internet dance party, which is very much about getting people in the same room and dancing with each other instead of the ineffable ‘server’. We’re very much about a kind of high school dance feeling – play the whole song: no crazy mixing or scratching.” As this edition both marks five years of the party’s existence, the New Yorkers are lining up some special stripped-down live performances of Hedwig tunes, backed by Stella Veloce on acoustic guitar.
The following night, Friday, John Cameron Mitchell and his cohorts will take part in the TEDDY Award gala at Station, celebrating the official queer prize for the Berlinale with headlining performer Rufus Wainwright. On Sunday Night, Mitchell hits the small screen with his guest star storyline for the HBO series Girls. Offscreen, he’s adapting Shortbus for the stage, and although Hedwig 2 may be years away from completion, a new production of the original rock musical will debut in June at Berlin’s Admiralspalast, featuring German cabaret star Sven Ratzke in the wig-headed titular role. One more thing, here’s the animated music video that Mitchell co-wrote for Sigur Ros, who have a sold-out show on Feb. 22 here in Berlin at Tempodrom.