The Mixed Remixed Festival planning team had a good time seeing the film Black or White, written and directed by Mike Binder and starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, and Anthony Mackie. As we’ve mentioned before, the story is about a custody battle between two grandparents of a biracial girl who is winningly played by Jillian Estell.
Best of all was the Q&A afterwards with the film’s director and star Kevin Costner (who also financed the film with $9 million dollars of his own). It was clear that the story was personally meaningful for both of them–in particular Binder who has a biracial nephew with whom he is very close.
Costner said something I thought was really important–especially in light of some of the criticism I’ve read about the film–“This is just one story about this experience.” Yes, exactly! And we hope Hollywood will keep making more stories about the multiracial experience. The films certainly have a home at the Mixed Remixed Festival.–Heidi Durrow