Anomaly will be featured in Bentley University’s 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series: BE MOVED, in Waltham, MA. Following a screening of Anomaly with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh, there will be live music and spoken word poetry performed by Pete Shungu, a featured character in the film. Pete (aka Afro DZ ak) is a lyricist and trumpet player. Join Jessica and Pete for this exclusive 2012 Boston-area appearance!

http://campus-life.bentley.edu/cultural-spiritual-life/bowles-performing-arts-series/schedule

Anomaly - Film Screening and Performance

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

6:30PM doors open, 7:00PM event

Bentley University

Wilder Pavilion – Adamian Academic Center
Waltham, Massachusetts

$10 general admission

Free for Bentley students, faculty and staff

Anomaly is an award-winning documentary that 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. As it unfolds, Anomaly tells a story that is deeply personal, yet broadly American. Live music will follow the screening featuring Pete Shungu, who stars in the film.

Singer/songwriter Gabriella Callender with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh

We’re thrilled when we have screenings with live performers, such as with singer/songwriter Gabriella Callender at the Filmwax Film Series screening in Brooklyn in May (see photo at right). If you are near the Boston area, we look forward to bringing you another fantastic live show! Pete Shungu is a musician/poet/community organizer based in Boston. His mother is Caucasian from Kansas, and his father African from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through his poems and music, like “Third Eye-dentity” and “Other,” Pete challenges the social categorization of mixed race people, while exploring both sides of his rich family identity. Pete is a graduate of Tufts University and performs under the name, Afro DZ ak. In addition to his work as a solo artist, he performs with his own 10-piece live hip hop/soul/jazz band, the Afro D All Starz, who will be putting out a new album, “Strength in Numbers,” in early 2013. To listen to music from Pete’s previously-released solo album, “Elevation,” visit, visit Gnawledge Records.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to Yayoi Lena Winfrey of Watermelon Sushi and Hip Hapa Homeez. For her monthly feature interview on Watermelon Sushi World, Yayoi recently interviewed Anomaly’s director, Jessica Chen Drammeh, about growing up multiracial, the filmmaking process, and Anomaly. Here’s a couple excerpts from “Anomalies R Us”:

Q: Your film seems so thorough and not just the usual angst about “What am I?” Did you first develop a script, or was it your interviewees that made it less emotional and more intellectual?

A: While making the film, we developed an “interactive” process of sorts, where we would shoot, edit, and then have work-in-progress screenings for feedback. We’d repeat this process over several stages. Many filmmakers don’t like to do this because it risks changing the vision of the film too early!

We wanted community participation, in fact…Developing a rapport with the participants was fundamental, because we wanted to get a real look at their personal lives…We also had the insight of veteran filmmaker/professor Sam Pollard, who became a consulting editor to the project.

Read more of the interview at Watermelon Sushi World!

And, if you are in the NYC area, don’t forget about our screening on May 12 with Gabriella Callender performing live!

For all of our Brooklyn and NYC-area friends and community, please save the date of May 12th for a screening with the Filmwax Film Series: eclectic films by local filmmakers. The event will include special appearances by Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh and Anomaly subject Gabriella Callender, who will perform live at the screening! Gabriella is a singer-songwriter from Hollis, Queens, and part of the trio, Mahina Movement.

The event is co-sponsored by Loving Day, which fights racial prejudice through education and builds multicultural community. Loving Day commemorates Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the US. Host a Loving Day Celebration, or attend one of ours! http://www.lovingday.org

Date: Saturday, May 12

Time: 7pm

Admission: $7 tickets available at the door

Location: Two Moon Cafe, 315 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (R train to Union Street or 9th Street, F or G to 4th Avenue)

View event/RSVP on Facebook

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