Anomaly will be screening across the pond, making its European/UK premiere at the Legacy Film Festival! The Legacy Film Festival is a celebration of the achievements, contributions and issues of Black minority and ethnic people around the world. The 2011 program is their biggest ever!

Oct. 23rd, Legacy Film Festival, 1pm at the Old Courtroom, Brighton, U.K., http://www.legacyfilmfestival.org.uk/anomaly Open to the public. The discussion after the screening will compare the experiences of those within the film to those within the UK and the British multiracial identity.

Additionally, screenings are planned for:

Oct. 25th, Ithaca College, NY, in Prof. Eric Hamako’s course, “Zombies, Wizards, Vampires and More: Media Literacy & Social Justice.” (Screening limited to enrolled students.)

Nov. 2, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. 7pm at Thompson Library. Sponsored by the Hapa Student Association, Asian American Studies Program. (Screening limited to OSU students.)

Nov. 30th, Wellesley College, 7pm at the Multifaith Center at Houghton Chapel, Wellesley, MA. Open to the public.

Please contact us at info@anomalythefilm.com if you’d like to host a screening in your area!

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.”
“Enchanting.”

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
>>1. UPCOMING SCREENINGS
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:

* SAN DIEGO PREMIERE *
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!

>>2. PRESENT/HOST THE FILM

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 info@anomalythefilm.com 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!

>>4. SUPPORT FUTURE OUTREACH

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: 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.

>>5. SPECIAL THANKS

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
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.

Friend us on Facebook! (“Anomaly Thefilm”):

To watch video clips, visit http://www.youtube.com/anomalyJCD. Sign up for email newsletters through update@anomalythefilm.com.

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

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

Anomaly, a documentary film

Anomaly, a documentary film

Dear Friends and Supporters of ANOMALY,

Happy 2009 from ANOMALY! We are excited to update you on the film’s progress and share our expansive outreach plans for the year. We’ll be targeting film festivals, colleges, universities, community groups, museums, art centers and more!

When we launched the ANOMALY project seven years ago, we wanted to be able to connect with multiple audiences­–from those already participating in discussions about multiracial communities to those new to the conversation. We believe the timing is even better now given Barack Obama’s upcoming presidential inauguration. There are more and more opportunities for transformative discussions about race and identity at local, national and international levels.

Join us today! Through our outreach engagements, now is the time for us to give back the film to you, our viewers!

In this issue:

1. Join Us on Facebook
2. Host the Film!
3. More Ways to Spread the Word
4. A Look Back at 2008
5. Special Thanks

1. JOIN US ON FACEBOOK

ANOMALY is now on Facebook! Connect with “Anomaly Thefilm” and add us to your friends list! Our profile is at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1471315421

Facebook is just the beginning of our outreach plans for 2009. We’ve also begun reconnecting with past hosts to schedule events and spread the word of our progress.

2. 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! Inquire by Jan. 20th for your Black History Month screening.

3. MORE WAYS TO SPREAD THE WORD

Here’s a 4-step plan to help build 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

Step 2. Read the blog and stay up-to-date on the latest news:http://anomalythefilm.wordpress.com

Step 3. Watch videos on our YouTube channel

Step 4.
Become a fan of ANOMALY by making a tax-deductible contribution! Your donation can really make a difference in reaching new audiences.
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,

Donate online through this link:
Third World Newsreel on behalf of Anomaly

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

4. A LOOK BACK AT 2008

Looking back on 2008, we are proud to have reached these milestones:

*Collaboration to finish original soundtrack with composer/guitarist J. Armen
*Work with motion graphics designer Gino Tadiar to create the opening sequence and end credits
*Community work at the Mixed ROAR Retreat, a summit of national leaders
*Educational screenings with excellent feedback/response. (At one recent screening in Maine, students described the film as “eye opening and enlightening”!)
*Expansion of our online presence through YouTube, WordPress and Facebook

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 collaborators this year: J.Armen and J. Armen Studios, Gweneviere Mann, Alex Garcia, Ariel de la Portilla, and Gino Tadiar.

Thanks for tuning in to our over 8,000 viewers this year through the Mixed ROAR Retreat, including Eric Hamako, iPride, the Mavin Foundation, and more co-conspirators; Prof. Stephen Marks (University of Maine); The Wing Luke Asian Museum (Seattle); and YouTube!

A very grateful thanks to our recent supporters for their generosity: Graham Gaylord Ashmead, Diana Brassard, Richard Lee, Eric and Lisa Potter, Linda Nathan Marks, Berenice Fisher, Michelle Myers and Maria Root. You have special listings in the film’s credits! We are so delighted to have your support.

We are looking forward to reconnecting with all of you in 2009 and appreciate your help in spreading the word. Thank you and best wishes to you and yours for a fabulous year!

Jessica Chen Drammeh
Director/Producer/Writer

Sharon K. Smith
Co-Producer

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.

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

Before our email started acting up, we didn’t get to finish sending out our early November newsletter. Here it is in case you did not receive it. Thanks for tuning in!

Opening credits by Gino Tadiar

Opening credits by Gino Tadiar

Dear Friends and Supporters of ANOMALY,

Fall is definitely here and the presidential elections are in full gear! We recently finished working with motion graphics designer Gino Tadiar, who created an innovative look for ANOMALY’s opening and end credits. We are now working with a talented composer to create an original score that draws on various musical genres and influences. Maybe we’ll post some mp3s online in the future?

In the meantime, check out our video clips online and in Seattle!

In this issue:

1. More YouTube Clips

2. Wing Luke Exhibit in Seattle

3. Additional Screenings/Events

4. Seeking Archival Clearances Coordinator

5. Support Outreach

>>1. MORE YOUTUBE CLIPS

We have added more clips to our YouTube channel! Check out these short videos about Gabriella, Michelle and Pete:

Gabriella’s “Black and White” song and growing up in an adopted family

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifyKNPXwLPo

Michelle’s haunting spoken word piece, “Arirang (The Return)”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlN654XINmg

Pete’s “Third Eye-dentity” through trumpet and poetry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCgvNowKfCA

Share them with friends and add them to your YouTube favorites. Subscribe to our channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/anomalyJCD, so that you get email alerts the instant we post new videos!

And stay tuned for more video clips in the future!


>>2. WING LUKE EXHIBIT in SEATTLE

Some of our video clips are showing in a special exhibition at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle. “My Place or Yours: Embracing Mixed Identities” is a poignant exhibit examining the diversity and complexity of community and identity from a mixed Asian Pacific Islander American perspective. Special thanks to Exhibits Manager Michelle Kumata and the MAVIN Foundation’s Louie Gong. Find out more about the museum and visiting hours here:

http://www.wingluke.org/exhibitions/special.htm


>>3. ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS/EVENTS

In addition to Seattle, we also have private screenings this fall in Maine and other areas across the U.S. We’ll be sure to let you know about public events near you! ANOMALY is being used as a discussion starter around race and culture, mixed race identity, interracial families, and the changing demographics of our country.

You can book ANOMALY for your local community group, university course, college club, conference, film festival, or art center. Guest speakers and live performers from the film are also available. Email us at info@anomalythefilm.com with your dates and location! International inquiries welcome.

>>4. SEEKING ARCHIVAL CLEARANCES COORDINATOR

We are seeking a New York-based freelance Archival Clearances Coordinator to clear music, photo, film and literary rights. Candidates must be extremely detail-oriented, organized, and self-directed, with strong research skills and good judgment. Should have some familiarity with independent film, non-profit arts, or legal work. Prior experience with rights clearances a plus, but will train the right candidate. Work is on a freelance basis for 5-10 hours per week. Flexible scheduling would be suitable for a freelancer or grad student. Inquire at info@anomalythefilm.com with a one-paragraph overview of your work experience and interest in this project. We’ll email back with more details about the assignment and rates. Feel free to spread the word to people who you think may be a good match!

>>5. SUPPORT OUTREACH

In addition to hosting events, there are other ways in which you can help our grassroots outreach efforts:

SPREAD THE WORD:

Thanks to our supporters, old and new, our online videos have been watched more than 5,500 times! Watch all 5 of our clips and post comments. They are all under 3 minutes so watch them at work, at home or on your mobile device! Send the links to your friends and spread the word!

http://www.youtube.com/user/anomalyJCD

DONATE:

Recent private donors have helped us put the finishing touches on the film. You can make a tax-deductible contribution and get your name in the film’s credits! Make a check out to our non-profit fiscal sponsor, Third World Newsreel, write ANOMALY on the memo line, and mail to the address in the footer below. Or, you can also donate online through this link:

http://www.justgive.org/giving/donate.jsp?charityId=18937&

We hope that everyone is doing well. On a personal note, Sharon has relocated to Seattle and Jessica continues living in New York longing for a backyard.

From the East to West Coasts, places in between, and around the world, we hope to see you at a screening or event in the near future—

in person or online!

Jessica Chen Drammeh

Director/Producer/Writer

Sharon K. Smith

Co-Producer

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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.

For a closer look, visit http://www.anomalythefilm.com and sign up for email newsletters through update@anomalythefilm.com.

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