It is with great pride that we now announce that Anomaly is officially available on DVD through our distributor, Third World Newsreel! We are thrilled to make the DVD available with TWN for your college, university, library or community group! Visit the catalog and order your DVD here:

http://www.twn.org/catalog/pages/cpage.aspx?rec=1363&card=price

Third World Newsreel has been our fiscal sponsor during the making of the film. We are excited to be joining their catalog of important educational titles. Anomaly is suited for educational discussions on Identity, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Race & Ethnicity, Sociology, Music, Performance, African American Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies, Media Studies, and many other subject areas. 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.

Spread the word and recommend the new Anomaly DVD to your local educators! We hope that the conversations sparked at film festivals and in-person presentations continue to unfold in your local community.

Poster design by Annie Han, photo by Christopher Huang

Pete Shungu, featured in Anomaly on trumpet and spoken word, and band Afro D All Starz will be performing live in NYC the evening of the Loving Day Flagship Celebration. Come to the CD release party for their new album, “Strength in Numbers.” Afro D All Starz is a 12-piece live band, blending hip hop, jazz and soul — socially-conscious, community-minded, music for the people.

Details:

Saturday, June 15

Doors at 7:30, music from 8-10pm

Free show!

Shrine World Music Venue

2271 Adam Clayton Powell (7th Ave.), Harlem, NY

More info: www.afrodallstarz.com

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!

Anomaly screens at Wellesley Nov. 30.

Anomaly’s recent screening at Ohio State University sparked an engaged discussion! Nov. 30, Anomaly screens on the campus of Wellesley College featuring guest speakers Jessica Chen Drammeh (Director/Producer of Anomaly), and community leader Jen Chau (Founder of Swirl). The event is free and open to the public, so join us if you are in the Boston area!

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011

7-9pm at the Multifaith Center

Wellesley College, Mass.

wellelsey.edu

Free and open to the public

Tune in this Thursday for an exciting live chat between Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh and Mixed Chicks Chat co-hosts, Fanshen Cox and Heidi Durrow!

>MIXED CHICKS CHAT
>Thursday, June 9 at 2pm PT/5pm ET
http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=34257&cmd=tc

Mixed Chicks Chat is an award-winning, live, weekly podcast about the mixed experience: interracial relationships, transracial adoption and biracial/hapa/mixed identity. For more info, also visit: http://www.mixedchickschat.com.

>SCREENING IN LA June 12th

The next stop on Anomaly’s screening tour is at the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival.

>ANOMALY SCREENING:
>Sunday, June 12 at 11am
>Japanese American National Museum, Democracy Forum, 369 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
>includes Q&A afterwards with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh
>free and open to the public; please register in advance
The complete schedule is now online.

Founded by Fanshen Cox and Heidi Durrow (author of New York Times bestseller, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky), Mixed Roots is the only festival dedicated to the mixed cultural and racial experience. Past festivals have featured Dr. Maya Sotoero-Ng (President Barack Obama’s sister), Dr. Maria P.P. Root, and many other notable authors and artists. We greatly look forward to reconnecting with artists, authors, educators and community leaders during Loving Day weekend.  This is the second largest Loving Day Celebration in the world!

Anomaly on indiegogo.com

We have launched a fundraising campaign on indiegogo to galvanize the outreach and distribution of Anomaly! You can support two areas of outreach and finishing funds:

1) to send Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh to the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival in Los Angeles. Mixed Roots is the only festival devoted to the “mixed racial and cultural experience.” Past festivals have featured Dr. Maya Sotoero-Ng (President Barack Obama’s sister), Dr. Maria P.P. Root, and many other notable authors and artists. The complete schedule is now online. Anomaly screens Sunday, June 12 at 11am.

2) The second area of the campaign is earmarked for archival newsreel licensing, music licensing and an original song collaboration between our composer and artist(s) from the film.

While we are tapping other sources of outreach and finishing funds, in this indiegogo campaign we are trying “crowd funding” as a way to connect with new supporters and build a larger online community. There’s a full line of perks such as screen credit with a $25 or more contribution. The more we raise over our $2,500 goal, the better!

Please check out the campaign at indiegogo.com and leave comments, recommend to your friends, contribute, post to Facebook, twitter, and help us get the word out! Thank you in advance for your support and hope to see you in L.A.! -JCD

We have uploaded three new video clips to YouTube. Check them out! Recommend the videos to your friends, and feel free to add comments/ratings on YouTube!

Thaddeus Rutkowski discusses racial perceptions, and performs from his humorous play on words, “White and Wong.”

“What is your race?” Some of the film’s characters discuss what they check off on forms with racial boxes.

The mixed race community, including on college/university campuses. This clip features Prof. Michele Elam, Prof. Jennifer Chan, and Jen Chau of Swirl, Inc. Pete Shungu talks about his experience connecting with MOST at Tufts, and Rona Taylor (while at UC Berkeley) was in one of the first ever people of mixed heritage classes.

In these clips, original score by J. Armen and sound design by Brett Hammond.

Anomaly, a mixed race documentary

Anomaly, a mixed race documentary

There are a few ways you can help support Anomaly’s world premiere this fall at the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York City:

1)    Attend one of the screenings at the ADFF, if you are in the NYC area!

2)    Spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, blogging, or email your friends!

3)    Contribute towards the festival costs, such as the projection master, postcards and press kits for the festival. We will also have entry fees for future festivals. All donations are fully tax-deductible!

*Donate by mail: Make a check or money order out to “Third World Newsreel,”

 our fiscal sponsor. Write Anomaly in the memo line. Send your contribution to Nyabinghi Productions, PO Box 300, Prince Street Station, New York, NY 10012.

*Donate online through this link: http://www.nycharities.org/donate/c_donate.asp?CharityCode=2026

Please list Anomaly as the Designated Program and include info@anomalythefilm.com for email notification.

4)    Host a video house party!

If you have questions or more ideas, please contact us at info@anomalythefilm.com. Thank you for your involvement and hope to see you in December! -JCD & SKS

IMDb logo

IMDb logo

It’s official — ANOMALY is now listed on the fabulous IMDb, the world’s largest online movie database! We’re excited to be adding new stars to the IMDb universe — such as Gabriella and Winnie, Michelle and her family, Pete, Thad, Rona, Eric, Ann, Jen, Michele E., Jennifer, and more! Plus it is a first for many of our crew people. :) IMDb has a strict “verification” process to reject non-industry movies so we’re glad that it all went off without a hitch. -JCD

facebook logoThat’s right, Anomaly is finally on Facebook! A new year’s resolution for 2009. ;) No, seriously, it’s part of our expansive outreach for the film’s release!

Connect with us by searching for “Anomaly Thefilm” or viewing our profile. See you there! -JCD