Anomaly is a proud Community Partner of the 10th annual Loving Day Flagship Celebration in NYC! The event celebrates the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage in the U.S. The event is open to the public, rain or shine, and includes community info booths and free barbecue. Enjoy a summer day along the East River and come to the Anomaly table!

Loving Day NYC 2013

In 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving left Virginia to get married in Washington, D.C., which did not have laws against interracial marriage. After they had returned home to Virginia, they were arrested for living as an interracial couple. In a long battle, lawyers from the ACLU presented their case to the Supreme Court, which ruled that “under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides within the individual and cannot be infringed on by the State.”

Join Anomaly at our table at Loving Day NYC on June 15th! If you are in other areas, check out the event listings for celebrations in Denver, New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles and many more! Or, host your own Loving Day celebration in your local community. However you celebrate, remember our rights to freely chose whom we befriend and love.

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!

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 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: http://www.sdbff.com/film-schedule-descriptions.html#saturday

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.”
“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.

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

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 http://condor.depaul.edu/~aas/CMRSconference/.

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.

* EDUCATIONAL SCREENING *
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 PREMIERE *
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: http://anomalythefilm.com/?p=299

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.”

Anomaly won the Local Filmmaker Award during its recent Seattle premiere at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival! The cash award is given to a filmmaker acting in a significant production role who resides in Washington State. Co-Producer Sharon Smith, based in Seattle, was in attendance at the festival with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh. For a video interview from the festival premiere, check out ALHLive.com. Additional photos are posted on Anomaly’s Facebook page. 

Each year, the LHAAFF strives to present creative, thought-provoking films that entertain and inform. Sharon and Jessica are thrilled to have presented Anomaly at the festival and honored to win the award. Other award recipients were Flags, Feathers and Lies (Jury Award) and Burn: The Evolution of An American City (Audience Award).

We are proud to be preparing for a Northwest/Seattle premiere at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival. In attendance will be both Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh and Co-Producer Sharon Smith!

* SEATTLE PREMIERE *

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

>When: Sunday, April 18 at 1:30 pm

>Where: Central Cinema, 1411 21st Avenue (at Union), Seattle, WA 98122, (206) 686-6684

>For more info, check out http://www.langstonarts.org/?p=1154

>Buy tickets ($8) in person at Central Cinema or online

>Filmmakers in attendance: Q&A will follow screening with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh and Co-Producer Sharon Smith!

Barack Obama’s presidency has brought conversations on racial identity to the forefront. 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.

The film features interviews and performances with singer/songwriter Gabriella Callender of Mahina Movement, spoken word artist Michelle Myers of Yellow Rage, poet/musician Pete Shungu, author/poet Thaddeus Rutkowski, along with community leaders and academic experts.

Screening co-sponsored by the MAVIN Foundation, which serves mixed heritage people and families, including those who identify as biracial, mixed race, multiracial, multiethnic, transracial and transnational adoptees, and people in interracial relationships. Based in Seattle, MAVIN is committed to building stronger communities by supporting mixed heritage people and families, working for social justice and raising awareness about the complexities of race, racism, and identity.

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival supports community building by providing opportunities for artists and audiences to connect using the medium of film as a catalyst for dialogue that leads to social change. The festival creates year round opportunities to enhance media literacy, self-reflection, and community discussion. By creating the shared experience of films that are by and about Black people, the festival is a creative and collaborative opportunity to build cultural competency across the aisle and across neighborhoods in greater Seattle.

The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center celebrates, nurtures, presents and preserves African American performing arts and cultural legacies. This year, the Center is under renovation, and screenings will be held at a variety of venues in Seattle.

Spread the word to your friends, and meet us in Seattle!

Enjoy the film and the Q&A,

Jessica and Sharon