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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 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

Vote for Anomaly for awards at the festival!

Anomaly is screening in June at the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival, and is eligible for awards! Please vote for Anomaly in categories #4 and 10. Feel free to cross-post and spread the word! Votes are collected through May 1.

We thank you for your support and participation and are delighted to be honored in these categories!

Watch the website for news on these upcoming screenings:

April 18, 6-9pm: Northeastern University – public event sponsored by NuMix and the Department of Residential Life. Northeastern University, 135 Shillman Hall, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA. After the screening, there will be a talk with Sue Lambe, Director of SwirlBoston.

April 26, 12:30-1:50pm: Asian American Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Prof. Cynthia Marasigan’s class, “Introduction to Asian American Studies.” 106B1 Engineering Hall, 1308 W. Green Street. Open to the public. Skype Q&A follows screening with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh and Co-Producer Sharon Smith.

June 12, 11am: Anomaly screens at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival, the only festival dedicated to the mixed cultural and racial experience. Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Free and open to the public. Q&A follows screening with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh.


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 kicks off 2011 with a San Diego premiere at the San Diego Black Film Festival! 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
>For tickets, visit:

Spread the word to your networks in Southern California!

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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Thad, Jessica and Gabriella at BAM

2010 is coming to a close and we’ve had many successful screenings coast-to-coast! You can help support more outreach activities in 2011 by making a tax-deductible contribution, or hosting a screening in the coming months. Make a donation today to claim it as a tax-deduction for 2010.

Here are a few ways you can help us reach more audiences nationwide, and internationally:

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

2)    Contribute towards distribution and outreach costs, such as festival entry fees, DVD duplication, and travel to screenings and presentations. 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:

Please list Anomaly as the Designated Program. Also enter for notification so we can send you a confirmation for your tax records.

3)    Host a screening: an educational presentation, Q&A, or video house party!

If you have questions or more ideas, please contact us at Thank you for your involvement and hope you will join us in 2011 for more adventures! -JCD & SKS

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

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.

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 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:

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.”