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!

>Thursday, June 9 at 2pm PT/5pm ET

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.


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

>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!
professional editing and mixing with Logic

professional editing and mixing with Logic

Recently we finished the final sound design and mix of Anomaly with the talented Brett Hammond of Studio 11211! Brett cleaned up the location sound tracks, added SFX and foley, and mixed all the levels. It’s often said that film audiences will forgive flawed visuals, but have a hard time time focusing when the audio is inconsistent. How true!

another good tool in the box, Izotope

another good tool in the box, Izotope

One of the main challenges with this documentary was gathering the sound from our various characters in more than 26 different shooting locations and polishing it to seem like the same acoustic “space.” There was a dramatic before-and-after improvement that made it all more uniform and easy on the ears! Maybe we’ll post a few demo clips down the road. :)  Brett was a skilled and intuitive collaborator, with a fantastic ear for sound, and simply delightful to work with! Check out his various film and audio projects at Studio 11211.

That’s right! Spread the word to your contacts involved in media/audio. Thanks! Formal posting follows below. -JCD

Nyabinghi Productions is seeking a New York-based freelance post-production sound designer/mixer for a documentary film called Anomaly, which explores the lives of multiracial Americans. Designer must have experience with non-fiction films, own studio, and good references. The 47-minute documentary combines interviews, first-person narration, spoken word and musical performances, and archival materials. The film has a unique original soundtrack that is in place. Anomaly is intended for release this spring, to film festivals, colleges and universities, community groups, DVD/home video and more!

Check out our youtube clips and blog at:

Please send a cover letter and resume/CV to info@anomalythefilm.com. You must include:
-why the film appeals to you
-your general availability
-specify what audio program you have. It must be compatible with Final Cut Pro OMFs.

If you have an online demo reel, include a link to its location. Do not send attachments of demo reels.

This is a paid position on a flat/package rate.

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


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.


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.


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


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

Sharon K. Smith

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

Can you find the anomaly? ;)

Can you find the anomaly? ;)

“I was born in a small town in West Virginia. On my birth certificate, in the line for color, I was unidentified…”

Oh boy was I in the hot seat the other day! Standing in front of the microphone re-recording my final narration was a learning experience. I had no idea the mouth was such a noisy creature! Thankfully J. Armen was doing audio editing, so he could edit and de-emphasize the pops, crackles and breath sounds. And objectively help me pick out the best takes!

Overall, it was not nearly as icky as it had seemed in my mind (picture going to the dentist) – the anticipation is worse than the actual experience itself. And I’m so glad/relieved that it sounds much better and more professional than the temporary voiceovers!

P.S. And happy new year to all of you! We hope everyone has a fabulous 2009, and that we’ll see you in person at a screening this year. :)   -JCD  

This weekend, we have recording sessions slated with composer J. Armen for ANOMALY’s musical score! Live talent will be a vocalist, percussionist and upright bass player. We’ll post photos, links and more when “it’s a wrap.” -JCD