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.

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 featured in Bentley University’s 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series: BE MOVED, in Waltham, MA. Following a screening of Anomaly with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh, there will be live music and spoken word poetry performed by Pete Shungu, a featured character in the film. Pete (aka Afro DZ ak) is a lyricist and trumpet player. Join Jessica and Pete for this exclusive 2012 Boston-area appearance!

http://campus-life.bentley.edu/cultural-spiritual-life/bowles-performing-arts-series/schedule

Anomaly - Film Screening and Performance

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

6:30PM doors open, 7:00PM event

Bentley University

Wilder Pavilion – Adamian Academic Center
Waltham, Massachusetts

$10 general admission

Free for Bentley students, faculty and staff

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. The characters use spoken word and music to tell their stories of navigating identity, family and community in a changing world. As it unfolds, Anomaly tells a story that is deeply personal, yet broadly American. Live music will follow the screening featuring Pete Shungu, who stars in the film.

Singer/songwriter Gabriella Callender with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh

We’re thrilled when we have screenings with live performers, such as with singer/songwriter Gabriella Callender at the Filmwax Film Series screening in Brooklyn in May (see photo at right). If you are near the Boston area, we look forward to bringing you another fantastic live show! Pete Shungu is a musician/poet/community organizer based in Boston. His mother is Caucasian from Kansas, and his father African from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through his poems and music, like “Third Eye-dentity” and “Other,” Pete challenges the social categorization of mixed race people, while exploring both sides of his rich family identity. Pete is a graduate of Tufts University and performs under the name, Afro DZ ak. In addition to his work as a solo artist, he performs with his own 10-piece live hip hop/soul/jazz band, the Afro D All Starz, who will be putting out a new album, “Strength in Numbers,” in early 2013. To listen to music from Pete’s previously-released solo album, “Elevation,” visit, visit Gnawledge Records.

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!

For all of our Brooklyn and NYC-area friends and community, please save the date of May 12th for a screening with the Filmwax Film Series: eclectic films by local filmmakers. The event will include special appearances by Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh and Anomaly subject Gabriella Callender, who will perform live at the screening! Gabriella is a singer-songwriter from Hollis, Queens, and part of the trio, Mahina Movement.

The event is co-sponsored by Loving Day, which fights racial prejudice through education and builds multicultural community. Loving Day commemorates Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the US. Host a Loving Day Celebration, or attend one of ours! http://www.lovingday.org

Date: Saturday, May 12

Time: 7pm

Admission: $7 tickets available at the door

Location: Two Moon Cafe, 315 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (R train to Union Street or 9th Street, F or G to 4th Avenue)

View event/RSVP on Facebook

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.

We have a few cool links to share related to Anomaly’s world premiere Dec. 1 & 9 at the African Diaspora Film Festival:

-Check out the ADFF festival trailer, Anomaly is featured circa :37

-Thanks to Kasmore Rhedrick at Arts Engine, for his Three Qs and the Truth series

http://mediarights.org/news/three_qs_and_the_truth_anomaly

-Finally, a special thanks to our long-time community friends at Loving Day for Facebook, Twitter, and email updates

http://www.facebook.com/n/?note.php&note_id=189687771363&mid=179f1c6G57b27dddG118e6bdGa

Spread the word and see you tomorrow night at the theater!