Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference 2010

We are delighted to be headed to Chicago for a unique opportunity! Anomaly’s next stop will be an exclusive Chicago screening at the first annual Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at DePaul University, Nov. 5-6, 2010. This year’s theme is “Emerging Paradigms in Critical Mixed Race Studies.” The conference is organized by Camilla Fojas and Laura Kina, DePaul University and Wei Ming Dariotis, San Francisco State University. The conference is jam packed with 200 presenters on a multitude of panels, roundtables, and events.

Anomaly will be screening in a primetime slot on Friday, Nov. 5th at 8:30pm at DePaul University Student Center, Room 120B, 2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60614. Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh will also be presenting on a filmmaker roundtable on Saturday, Nov. 6th at 3:45pm. The conference is open to the public and free, but advance registration is highly recommended.  To register, visit http://condor.depaul.edu/~aas/CMRSconference/.

A number of participants in Anomaly will also be presenting on panels throughout the two days. Look for Eric Hamako (UMass-Amherst), Prof. Michele Elam (Stanford) and Jen Chau (Swirl) in the conference schedule.

We’re particularly excited to see this conference come to fruition from its brainstorming at the Mixed ROAR Retreat back in Feb. 2008! Looking forward to reconnecting with everyone! -JCD

The days are getting shorter and cooler, but Anomaly screenings are heating up! Join us in Tacoma, WA and Storrs, CT in the coming weeks! Please spread the word to your friends and networks.

* EDUCATIONAL SCREENING *
University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus, Sept. 23, 2010
Special educational screening of Anomaly and a discussion with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh. Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Institute, an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and co-sponsored by Asian American Cultural Center.

>When: Thursday, Sept. 23 at 4pm
>Where: Asian American Cultural Center, Conference Room
>Admission: Free and open to the public

* TACOMA PREMIERE *
Tacoma Film Festival, Oct. 7-14, 2010
We return to the Pacific Northwest for the 5th Annual Tacoma International Film Festival. The festival will showcase 99 superb films alongside an excellent group of special events, for a week-long community celebration of independent film! If we missed you in Seattle in April, please come to one of these two screenings:

Screening 1:
>When: Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10:30am *Note filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&A*
playing with “Know Your Stuff! What’s in a Cup of Coffee?”
>Where: Tacoma Art Museum

Screening 2:
>When: Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 4:15pm
playing with “Free Parking,” “The Neighbours,” and “WCF?”
>Where: UWT Carwein Auditorium
>Admission: Free and open to the public

Consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us attend the festival and other types of outreach programs. Details are available at: http://anomalythefilm.com/?p=299

Look for posts in the coming weeks about film festivals and other special presentations of Anomaly in the fall! We can hint they will be in the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast. :)

In the meantime, there are a couple of interesting articles we came across about mixed heritage:

“Exploring History of Mixed Races”

By Jerry Large, The Seattle Times

“We’re still working some things out. President Obama made an appearance on the daytime talk show, “The View” last week. Several of the questions he was asked had to do with race.”

“Black British couple give birth to white blue-eyed blonde baby girl”

By Katherine Faulkner, UK Daily Mail

“This is the black couple who have amazed medical experts after their baby daughter was born with white skin, blue eyes and blonde hair.
Benjamin and Angela Ihegboro’s daughter, Nmachi, has flummoxed genetic experts who are unable to explain why she looks they way she does.
Doctors say the white-skinned newborn is not an albino.
The blonde, blue-eyed girl’s Nigerian parents say they don’t know of any white ancestry in either of their families.”

Anomaly won the Local Filmmaker Award during its recent Seattle premiere at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival! The cash award is given to a filmmaker acting in a significant production role who resides in Washington State. Co-Producer Sharon Smith, based in Seattle, was in attendance at the festival with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh. For a video interview from the festival premiere, check out ALHLive.com. Additional photos are posted on Anomaly’s Facebook page. 

Each year, the LHAAFF strives to present creative, thought-provoking films that entertain and inform. Sharon and Jessica are thrilled to have presented Anomaly at the festival and honored to win the award. Other award recipients were Flags, Feathers and Lies (Jury Award) and Burn: The Evolution of An American City (Audience Award).

We are proud to be preparing for a Northwest/Seattle premiere at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival. In attendance will be both Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh and Co-Producer Sharon Smith!

* SEATTLE PREMIERE *

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

>When: Sunday, April 18 at 1:30 pm

>Where: Central Cinema, 1411 21st Avenue (at Union), Seattle, WA 98122, (206) 686-6684

>For more info, check out http://www.langstonarts.org/?p=1154

>Buy tickets ($8) in person at Central Cinema or online

>Filmmakers in attendance: Q&A will follow screening with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh and Co-Producer Sharon Smith!

Barack Obama’s presidency has brought conversations on racial identity to the forefront. ANOMALY is a groundbreaking documentary film that takes an insider’s look at the experiences of multiracial Americans. Through personal narratives, ANOMALY stimulates viewers to think about identity, family and community in a changing world.

The film features interviews and performances with singer/songwriter Gabriella Callender of Mahina Movement, spoken word artist Michelle Myers of Yellow Rage, poet/musician Pete Shungu, author/poet Thaddeus Rutkowski, along with community leaders and academic experts.

Screening co-sponsored by the MAVIN Foundation, which serves mixed heritage people and families, including those who identify as biracial, mixed race, multiracial, multiethnic, transracial and transnational adoptees, and people in interracial relationships. Based in Seattle, MAVIN is committed to building stronger communities by supporting mixed heritage people and families, working for social justice and raising awareness about the complexities of race, racism, and identity.

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival supports community building by providing opportunities for artists and audiences to connect using the medium of film as a catalyst for dialogue that leads to social change. The festival creates year round opportunities to enhance media literacy, self-reflection, and community discussion. By creating the shared experience of films that are by and about Black people, the festival is a creative and collaborative opportunity to build cultural competency across the aisle and across neighborhoods in greater Seattle.

The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center celebrates, nurtures, presents and preserves African American performing arts and cultural legacies. This year, the Center is under renovation, and screenings will be held at a variety of venues in Seattle.

Spread the word to your friends, and meet us in Seattle!

Enjoy the film and the Q&A,

Jessica and Sharon

Thad, Jessica and Gabriella at BAM

Anomaly was well-received in February at its West Coast Premiere in LA and its Brooklyn Premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Director Jessica Chen Drammeh, and Gabriella Callender and Thad Rutkowski, featured in the film, were on hand at BAM for a Q&A after the screening!

Later this month, we’ll premiere in Atlanta at the Women of Color Arts & Film Festival. In April, we’ll be headed to Seattle for another festival screening. Stay tuned for details soon!

* ATLANTA PREMIERE *

WOCAF: Women of Color Arts & Film Festival

>When: Saturday, March 27 at 1pm

>Where: Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture & History

Heritage Education Center Auditorium, Fourth Floor

101 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303

>For more info, check out http://www.iyalodeproductions.com/wocaf/wocaf-festival-2010/film-festival/anomaly-2/

The Women of Color Arts & Film Festival is the only one of its kind in the southeast of the United States to exclusively present, promote and celebrate the artistic talents of women of color filmmakers and artists. Community partner: Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

 

Myong and Michelle Myers, participants in Anomaly

We are going bi-coastal this month! Spread the word to your friends and networks and join us at one of these two screenings:

LA: Feb. 15, 3:30pm
* WEST COAST PREMIERE *
Pan African Film Festival

The Los Angeles-based PAFF is the largest film festival in the U.S. dedicated to the exhibition of Black films. Last year, more than 40,000 people viewed films made in the U.S., Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Latin America and Canada. This is Jessica’s second film to premiere at the Pan African Film Festival.

>When: Monday, February 15 at 3:30pm
>Where: Culver Plaza Theaters in Culver City, CA, www.culverplazatheatres.com
>For more info, check out http://www.paff.org/2010/01/anomaly/

NYC: Feb. 21, 2pm
* BROOKLYN PREMIERE *
Best of the African Diaspora Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

 Hot off its world premiere in December, the ADFF has selected Anomaly to be screened in a “best of” series at BAM. We are delighted to be showcased with the ADFF to reach even more New York City audiences in BAM’s lovely theaters! Director will attend. Anomaly will be the third film in the “Identity Stories” program after Visibly Invisible and Making History.

>When: Sunday, February 21 at 2pm
>Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, www.bam.org
>Tickets: General Admission: $12; Seniors, Children, & Students: $9; BAM Cinema Club Members: $8
>For more info, check out http://nyadff.org/BestofADFF_10.html and http://bam.org/view.aspx?pid=1878
>For tickets and directions, go to http://www.movietickets.com/pre_purchase.asp?house_id=5311&movie_id=87918&showdate=14

Dear Friends and Supporters of ANOMALY,

We hope that 2010 has been treating you well! We are thrilled about our accomplishments in 2009, such as Anomaly’s film festival world premiere at the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York City.

>>1. RECAP OF RECENT SCREENINGS

In December, we had successful screenings in New York and Philadelphia. Audiences laughed, nodded and cried in all the right places.

At the African Diaspora Film Festival world premiere, Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh conducted Q&As after the screening. Highlights included:

  • Feedback such as: “Loved it!”…”Enchanting…I was so interested in what happened to the characters…very well-done…thank you for the years of hard work you put into Anomaly and eloquently weaving a story.”
  • The discussion on Dec. 9th was a testament to the kind of positive impact the film can make. Audience members interacted with participant Gabriella Callender in an inspirational dialogue.
  • We thank Gabriella for participating in the Q&A!

At the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia on Dec. 18th:

  • We were warmly hosted by Anomaly participant Michelle Myers, of the spoken word duo Yellow Rage, with Catzie Vilayphonh.
  • Anomaly participant Thaddeus Rutkowski was also featured. His set included the hilarious piece, “White and Wong,” also seen in Anomaly.

As a result of these recent appearances, new screening requests are already coming in from venues in California, Connecticut, Maryland and more!

>>2. OUTREACH IN 2010

In 2010, there will be more opportunities to enjoy the film. We’ll continue screenings at film festivals, colleges/universities/high schools, conferences, art centers, and community events. In February, join us at screenings in NY and LA. The upcoming dates are:

* WEST COAST PREMIERE *

Pan African Film Festival, Feb. 10-17, 2010

The Los Angeles-based PAFF is the largest film festival in the U.S. dedicated to the exhibition of Black films. Last year, more than 40,000 people viewed films made in the U.S., Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Latin America and Canada.

>When: Monday, February 15 at 3:30pm

>Where: Culver Plaza Theaters in Culver City, CA, www.culverplazatheatres.com

To help us attend the festival, please make a donation! See Step 4 below.

* BROOKLYN PREMIERE *

Best of the African Diaspora Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Feb. 19-24, 2010

Hot off its world premiere in December, the ADFF has selected Anomaly to be screened in a “best of” series at BAM. We are delighted to be showcased with the ADFF to reach even more New York City audiences in BAM’s lovely theaters! Director will attend.

>When: Sunday, February 21 at 2pm

>Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

>>3. CONNECT AND SPREAD THE WORD

As we expand our outreach, here’s four ways that you can help spread the word of mouth about Anomaly, and fun ways to recommend us to your friends!

Step 1.

Become friends with us on Facebook (“Anomaly Thefilm”):

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1471315421

Step 2.

Read the blog and stay up-to-date on the latest news:

http://anomalythefilm.wordpress.com

Step 3.

Watch videos at:

www.youtube.com/anomalyJCD

Step 4.

Become a supporting fan of Anomaly by making a tax-deductible contribution! Your donation can make a huge difference in our ability to reach more audiences.

  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,
  1. Donate online through this link:

http://www.nycharities.org/donate/c_donate.asp?CharityCode=2026

Note: Please be sure to list Anomaly as the Designated Program and include info@anomalythefilm.com for email notification.

>>4. HOST THE FILM

Bring Anomaly to your community! Anomaly is available for rental screenings at colleges, universities, film festivals, community groups, conferences, and more. The filmmakers can attend screenings for Q&As and panel discussions. Or, bring a performance artist from the film to your live event! There are many kinds of presentations, programs and workshops that can be offered around Anomaly.

A moving, thought-provoking exploration of multiracial identity, Anomaly is a fantastic discussion starter about cross-cultural issues. If you’d like to host a screening of the film, then email us at info@anomalythefilm.com for more details!

>>5. SPECIAL THANKS

We’d like to thank all the collaborators, sponsors and supporters who have made our efforts over the past year possible. We could not have done this without you!

Special thanks to our skilled sound designer, Brett Hammond, of Studio 11211 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Thanks for hosting screenings in 2009: The African Diaspora Film Festival/ArtMattan Productions; Asian Arts Initiative of Philadelphia; Yellow Rage; Prof. Laura Kina and Prof. Yvonne Lau at DePaul University, Chicago.

Thank you to all of our old & new friends that came out to the ADFF screenings last month. We are excited you came to celebrate the world premiere!

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

Finally, we thank all of the participants/interviewees, crew members, consultants, donors, and supporters of the film over its eight-year creative journey. You have special listings in the film’s end credits. We hope you have seen your name on the big screen!

We are looking forward to seeing you at an Anomaly screening in 2010 and appreciate your help in spreading the word. Thank you and best wishes to you and yours for an exciting year!

Jessica Chen Drammeh

Director/Producer/Writer

Sharon K. Smith

Co-Producer

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.

For a closer look, visit http://anomalythefilm.wordpress.com

and sign up for email newsletters through update@anomalythefilm.com.

ANOMALY / PO Box 300 / Prince Street Station / New York, NY 10012

Our second screening of Anomaly at the ADFF on Wednesday was a rousing success! Thanks to Gabriella for participating in the Q&A, and all of our friends & community that came out to support the screening. The audience laughed, nodded and cried in all the right places. :) We were so thrilled to see you there and hear your wonderful feedback! 

“Loved it!”

“I was so moved by your film and by all the subjects. Thank you for the years of hard work you put into Anomaly and eloquently weaving a story that all people of mixed heritage can relate to.”

Asian Arts Initiative

 

Next on the winter tour is Philadelphia. Join us Dec. 18th at the Asian Arts Initiative for “Hapa Happy: Celebrating All That is Mixed & Multi.” We’ll be screening Anomaly, and slam poet Thaddeus Rutkowski (featured in Anomaly) will be performing a set. The evening will be hosted by Yellow Rage–another Anomaly connection! Yellow Rage is Catzie Vilayphonh and Michelle Myers, who is also featured in Anomaly.

HAPA HAPPY: Celebrating All That Is Mixed & Multi

hosted by YELLOW RAGE & featuring THADDEUS RUTKOWSKI & “ANOMALY” by JESSICA CHEN DRAMMEH

Friday, December 18, 2009

7:30-9:30pm

Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA

FAMILY STYLE is a new family-friendly, positive space that honors Asian American artists and extended “family” from all communities and cultures. For the full event description, please visit:

We have a few cool links to share related to Anomaly’s world premiere Dec. 1 & 9 at the African Diaspora Film Festival:

-Check out the ADFF festival trailer, Anomaly is featured circa :37

-Thanks to Kasmore Rhedrick at Arts Engine, for his Three Qs and the Truth series

http://mediarights.org/news/three_qs_and_the_truth_anomaly

-Finally, a special thanks to our long-time community friends at Loving Day for Facebook, Twitter, and email updates

http://www.facebook.com/n/?note.php&note_id=189687771363&mid=179f1c6G57b27dddG118e6bdGa

Spread the word and see you tomorrow night at the theater!