Nigel Barker Making Film About Longtime Gay Activist David Mixner
Photographer, former America's Next Top Model judge and current host of The Face on Oxygen, Nigel Barker sits down with OUT's Jay Schwartz to talk about his new show, and a couple of other things:
You receive a lot of support from the LGBT community. Why is that?
That community has always been very close to me. The fashion business as a whole is run by people from the gay community. I imagine the community as a whole is interested in what I’m doing because I’m so open about everything I do. It’s a weird question for me. I like to think of the gay community as not the gay community. I just see people. I’m blessed to have anyone support the work that I do.
Can you tell me about the film you’re working on now?
I’m working on new film about a man named David Mixner. He’s a human rights activist and a gay rights activist and he is one of the most prolific men in the gay community. He’s become a friend of mine through Alan Cumming. We’re creating his life into a film and it’s really going to tell the story of the gay community and HIV through the '80s and up until now. One of his protégés is Jeremy Bernard who is the social secretary of the White House on the Obama administration. I’ve directed four films, but this will be the first feature film.
As a friend of David's, I'm confident that the source material is rich, personally and historically. Best of luck with it!