Dear Friends and Supporters of ANOMALY,

We hope that 2011 has been off to a great start! 2010 was a thrilling year of screenings with Anomaly, meeting enthusiastic audiences at film festivals and campuses from coast to coast.

“Extremely powerful.”
“Provocative and full of heart.”

Highlights from the 2010 tour included: Local Filmmaker Award at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival in Seattle, and a fabulous screening at the 1st Annual Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at DePaul University, Chicago. In 2011, we look forward to having the film available for educational distribution and purchase.
  1. Upcoming Screenings
  2. Present/Host the Film
  3. 2010 Highlights
  4. Support Future Outreach
  5. Special Thanks
In 2011, we plan on reaching more cities and campuses, including internationally. We’ll continue screenings at film festivals, colleges/universities/high schools, conferences, art centers, and community events. Currently on the schedule:

The San Diego Black Film Festival is one of the largest black film festivals in the country. The SDBFF is hosted by the San Diego Black Film Foundation, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of African American and African Diaspora cinema as well as the education of media arts. In addition to screenings and premieres, the festival features industry events, a fashion show, red carpet and Awards Dinner/Gala.
>When: Saturday, January 29 at 11am
>Where: Regal UA Theatres, Horton Plaza, Downtown San Diego, CA
To help us attend film festivals, please make a donation! See Step 5 below.
Please spread the word to your friends in Southern California!


Haven’t seen Anomaly in your area yet? Consider bringing Anomaly directly to your community! We would like to reach areas such as: Boston, the DC area, the Southeast, the Bay Area, the Southwest, Hawaii, rural communities, and international screenings. We work with local contacts or hosts to coordinate screenings locations and times, and spread the word locally.

A moving, thought-provoking exploration of multiracial identity, Anomaly is a fantastic discussion starter about cross-cultural issues. There are many kinds of presentations, programs and workshops that can be offered around Anomaly. The filmmakers can attend screenings for Q&As and panel discussions. Or, bring a performance artist from the film to your live event!

If you’d like to host a screening of the film, then email us at for more details on rentals and bookings!

>>3. 2010 HIGHLIGHTS

2010 was a momentus year of getting the finished film out to audiences nationwide. It has been extremely gratifying after our 8 years of Anomaly in the making! Some of our most memorable moments included:

In February, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh was joined by Gabriella Callender and Thaddeus Rutkowski from the film! We had a lively Q&A during the encore screening of the “Best of” the African Diaspora Film Festival.

In April, both Jessica and Co-Producer Sharon Smith attended the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival. The screening was co-sponsored by the MAVIN Foundation! The festival screened many outstanding films, with opportunities to network with other filmmakers. Anomaly won the Local Filmmaker Award at the festival!

In September, the Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut hosted Jessica’s educational presentation on campus. What a glorious fall afternoon, hosted by Cathy Schlund-Vials, Margo Machida and Fe Delos-Santos, with a spontaneous interview the next day on the documentary process, and brainstorming for future projects!

In November, Jessica traveled to Chicago for the 1st Annual Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference. It was exciting to re-connect with educators, counselors, researchers, artists and activists engaged in multiracial and cross-cultural communities across the country and internationally. The Q&A was inspiring, and over 400 people attended this milestone conference!


As we expand our outreach in the coming year, and plan on educational distribution, we need your grassroots support!

Become a supporting fan of Anomaly by making a tax-deductible contribution! Travel to film festivals, conferences and outreach events really adds up. There are duplication and administrative costs for our educational distribution plan. Your donation can make a huge difference in our ability to reach more audiences in more locations.

  1. Make your check out to our non-profit fiscal sponsor, Third World Newsreel, write Anomaly on the memo line, and mail to c/o Jessica Chen Drammeh, PO Box 300, Prince Street Station, New York, NY 10012; or,
  2. Donate online through this link:
Note: Please be sure to list Anomaly as the Designated Program and include for email notification.


We’d like to thank all of our screening hosts, participants and supporters during 2010:

Special thanks to: the African Diaspora Film Festival/ArtMattan Productions (NY), the Pan African Film Festival (LA), the Women of Color Arts and Film Festival (Atlanta), the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (Seattle), the MAVIN Foundation (Seattle), the Asian American Studies Institute and Asian American Cultural Center at UConn-Storrs, the Tacoma Film Festival(WA), and the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at DePaul University: Laura Kina, Camilla Fojas, and Wei Ming Dariotis (SFSU). We are honored to have been invited to your festivals/universities!

Thanks to Gabriella Callender and Thaddeus Rutkowski from the film, who came to screenings and participated in Q&As!

A very grateful thanks to our returning and new supporters for their generous donations: Graham Ashmead, Richard Lee, Eric and Lisa Potter, Berenice Fisher, Linda Nathan Marks, and Thaddeus Rutkowski.

And finally, we thank all of our new friends that attended screenings in-person, connected with us on Facebook, visited the website, and watched clips on YouTube. This outreach and dialogue has been a dream come true!

We are looking forward to seeing you at an Anomaly screening during 2011 and appreciate your help in spreading the word. Thank you and best wishes to you and yours for a fulfilling year!

Jessica Chen Drammeh

Sharon K. Smith

Barack Obama’s presidency highlights the continued struggles around U.S. race issues. Anomaly provides a thought-provoking look at multiracial identity by combining personal narratives with the larger drama of mixed race in American culture. The characters use spoken word and music to tell their stories of navigating identity, family and community in a changing world.

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