We couldn’t be more excited by the wonderful video produced by Terrell Tilford of Band of Vices! Thanks to everyone who participated. What are you? You can answer that question any way you’d like at the Festival. Make sure you register NOW! FREE!
MIXED REMIXED FESTIVAL REVEALS 2015 SCHEDULE
(Los Angeles, CA) The Mixed Remixed Festival will take place at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles (100 N. Central Avenue), June 13, 2015.
The Festival celebrates stories of multiracial Americans and families, the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. A free public event, the Festival brings together film and book lovers, innovative and emerging artists, and multiracial and multicultural families and individuals for workshops, readings, performances, and film screenings.
The Mixed Remixed Festival attracted close to 700 people from across the country last year and featured dozens of writers, scholars and performers including Comedy Central’s hit comedic duo Key & Peele.
The Festival, a non-profit arts organization — is produced by The New York Times best-selling writer, Heidi Durrow, and talented team of volunteers.
“It’s exciting to finally see mixed people and families in mainstream media and to connect with each other on-line,” says Durrow who calls herself an Afro-Viking because she is African-American and Danish. “But the Festival is the only nationwide cultural arts event where we get to meet each other and network.”
The event is free and open to the public. Registration opens on April 20, 2015. The complete Festival schedule can be found online at www.mixedremixed.org.
Festival Highlights Include:
- The Festival hosts the largest West Coast Loving Day Celebration, Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. with the annual Storyteller’s Prize presentation and live show. The Festival will present the Storyteller’s Prize to The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal and New York Times best-selling writer Jamie Ford (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost) as part of a dynamic live show featuring comedians, spoken-word poets and soulful songstress Donn T, Questlove’s sister, who will perform songs from her highly anticipated album Flight of the Donn T.
- Families can enjoy interactive craft activities as well storytelling events as part of the Target Free Family Day.
- The Festival will present two notable feature films including the award-winning feature documentary You Have His Eyes (dir. Christopher Wilson) about a transracial adoptees’s search for his biological parents. Immediately following the screening there will be a panel discussion with transracial adoptees and activists. French Dirty (dirs. Wade Allain-Marcus and Jesse Allain-Marcus, award-winning executive producer Stephanie Allain). The Festival is also pleased to present Mei Mei, the newest short film by two-time Peabody Award winner Dmae Roberts.
- The Festival includes author readings by Mat Johnson, the author of the breakout hit Loving Day, about a mixed-race utopian society; Marie Mockett, author of Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye; celebrated writer and Fresno’s Poet Laureate James Tyner, and many others. Skylight Books is the Festival’s official bookseller.
- More than a dozen esteemed panelists will speak on diverse topics related to the Mixed experience, including: educator and community leader Marcia Dawkins, producer of the Tony Award-nominated play The Scottsboro Boys David Greer, and award-winning journalist Erika Hayasaki.
Festival sponsors include: Japanese American National Museum, Zerflin.com, The Black List, Cruise Invictus.
Dearest Curly-Haired Mixies,
As a curly-haired mixie myself, I have struggled with curl-acceptance over the years. Still do. It’s easier to deal with curls these days with all the different products out there for curly hair, but curls still get a bad rap for being “messier” and “less professional.”
So when I saw the Dove commercial I started to cry. In fact, I’ve cried every time I’ve watched it. See what you think? Do you love your curls? Can you help a young person learn to love hers too? #loveyourcurls.–Heidi Durrow
Where are you from?
I do too. But I also know depending on the day, the tenacity of my inquisitor, or depending on my own willingness to engage in the Race discussion—my simple answer may not suffice.
Where are you from? –I hear it often and sometimes the inquisitor means just that.
Hi. Nice to meet you. I’m from Texas. Where are you from?
Or howdy. Pleased you could be here. Where are you from?
Those “where are you froms” mean where do you live? How far did you travel? Did you have a nice flight? Or drive? Those “where are you froms” are meant to greet, to welcome, to measure the distance—geographically—between where we each come from.
Then there is the question: where are you from? It comes usually with some hesitation. It comes after I have perhaps established some familiarity with the inquisitor. It comes often with a sheepish smile.
“So . . .” the inquisitor says as a common preface, “Where are you from?”
“Portland,” I say.
“Portland?” the inquisitor says.
“Portland, Oregon,” I say (meaning Oregon not Maine)
“Oh.” My inquisitor will say with an up intonation indicating a question mark.
I have answered the question the inquisitor has asked but I know it is not the answer he is looking for.
Where are you from?
It’s a question that I am asked almost daily.
Where are you from?
It is a variant on its more familiar and less politically correct question: What are you? The question asked of the ethnically ambiguous: those of us who have tan skin and light eyes. Or thick curly hair and a bright white complexion. Or those with an upslant to their eyes, thick lips and a deep chocolate brown to their skin.
Tiger Woods famously answered the question:–What are you–by creating his own designation: Calibanasian (a mix of Caucasion, Black, Indian and Asian)– Tiger Woods wanted to give a nod to both his mother, a mixed Thai woman as well as his father, an African-American (lighter in complexion and no doubt like most African-Americans part of a family tree that includes white people who may or may not have claimed him—who may or may not have owned him).
Where are you from?
When I heard Tiger Woods’ answer, I remember I scoffed. Where does that make him from? Calibanasia? (Even I am subject to the need to not simply label people but Place them.) How does he answer that question? How does he answer where he is from?
Where are you from?
It’s a question people ask of me NOT to find out where I get my mail; or the name of my birthplace. Rather people ask the question to learn what is my race, my culture, my ethnicity, my nationality – one or all of the above.
The assumption behind the question is: if I can find out where you fit on the map—I will know your race. I will know something about you if I can place you geographically.
It’s not necessarily a bad assumption.
Race it seems is as much an experience of place as anything else. Zora Neale Hurston, Harlem Renaissance novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist, wrote in a wonderful essay titled How It Feels to Be Colored Me:
I remember the very day that I became colored. Up to my thirteenth year I lived in the little Negro town of Eatonville, Florida. It is exclusively a colored town. The only white people I knew passed through the town going to or coming from Orlando . . . But changes came in the family when I was thirteen, and I was sent to school in Jacksonville. I left Eatonville, the town of the oleanders, as Zora. When I disembarked from the river-boat at Jacksonville, she was no more. It seemed that I had suffered a sea change. I was not Zora of Orange County any more, I was now a little colored girl. I found it out in certain ways. In my heart as well as in the mirror, I became a fast brown—warranted not to rub nor run.
As a mixed race person with phenotypically black and white features, my identity is not just black or white – a question of being one thing at home and another out in the world. No, my identity is . . .
Read the rest of the article here.
The Mixed Remixed Festival is very excited to co-host in collaboration with Be’chol Lashon a special Q&A with filmmaker Lacey Schwartz following the 11/30 2:20pm screening of Little White Lie at the Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, CA. Tickets are available for purchase on-line and at the box office.
Learn more about this amazing film that has received rave reviews across the board! Do we hear Oscar?–Heidi Durrow
We are super-excited to announce our collaboration with Be’chol Lashon, a non-profit organization that works around
racial ethnic and cultural diversity in the Jewish community, for the amazing documentary film, Little White Lie.
Little White Lie, tells filmmaker Lacey Schwartz’s story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. It’s an incredibly moving film that has received rave reviews and will be screening for a limited run in Los Angeles.
Please join us Nov. 30, 2014 for the 2:20pm show. The Mixed Remixed Festival is proud to co-host a Q&A with filmmaker Lacey Schwartz moderated by Festival fave Aaron Samuels. Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the box office. Don’t miss this!–Heidi Durrow
1. Mulatto Diaries with Tiffany Jones. A perennial favorite. We love you Tiffany Jones!
2. The Essence of Maya featuring a backstage look at the life of singer-songwriter-visionary Maya Azucena, a mixed chick.
3. Team Mixed Show : In their own words: “Exploring what it means to be mixed, and celebrating our diversity.”
5. MMXLII Countdown to 2042: From the channel’s description: “Countdown to 2042. In the year 2042, via the U.S. census, America will no longer have a single ethnic majority. We explore that landmark date with different leaders in their respective fields.” Our Festival founder did an interview for this series that you can check out here.
We were pleased as punch to honor Cheerios with a Storyteller’s Prize in June at the Mixed Remixed Festival for their work in celebrating the diverse American family in their commercials. Cheerios’ Camile Gibson and Doug Martin accepted the award on behalf of the company and really stole the show (video to come soon). Now, Cheerios has released this awesome video in its continued commitment to portraying life in America as it is in all of its wonderful diversity. Check this out! Bravo again Cheerios! And here’s more praise for Cheerios from Slate Magazine, and Adweek.–Heidi Durrow
As I grew older and learned how to talk about being in the Mixed experience, I found it was very important to keep my sense of humor about some of the conversations I had. To that end, I have also started a collection with a nod to my mixed roots as an adult. I started collecting zebras and mules and lately pandas. It’s silly, but fun. How do you like my mule. His name is Otto. Get it? Mule Otto? Do you have a silly collection that nods to your mixed roots background? —Heidi Durrow
MIXED REMIXED FESTIVAL
CELEBRATING MULTICULTURAL FAMILIES AND STORIES
SLATED FOR JUNE 2015:
SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN
(Los Angeles, CA) The Mixed Remixed Festival, the nation’s premiere multicultural film, book and performance festival, will take place at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Avenue on June 13, 2015 in downtown Los Angeles.
The Mixed Remixed Festival celebrates stories of multiracial and multicultural families, interracial and intercultural relationships, transracial and transcultural adoptions, and individuals who identify as multiracial, multicultural, Hapa or mixed. The Festival will present several films, readings, workshops, panel presentations, and will include family activities and a live performance.
The 2015 Festival will bring together innovative artists, film and book lovers, multiracial individuals and families, the country’s fastest growing demographic according to recent Census reports. Events are free and open to the public.
The inaugural Festival in 2014 showcased appearances by Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, actress Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games), and actress and singer Erica Gimpel (Fame, Profiler) among others. The Festival also presented Cheerios with its Storyteller’s Prize for its celebrated series of commercials featuring an interracial family.
The call for submissions for films, workshops, panel presentations, readings and performances by writers, actors, comedians, spoken word artists and musicians is open now until Jan. 15, 2015. There is no submission fee. For specific submissions requirements and festival information check here.
Heidi W. Durrow Founder/Executive Producer is the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin Books), which received writer Barbara Kingsolver’s PEN/Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky has been hailed as one of the Best Novels of 2010 by the Washington Post, and a Top 10 Book of 2010 by The Oregonian. Ebony Magazine named Durrow as one of its Power 100 Leaders of 2010 along with writers Edwidge Danticat and Malcolm Gladwell. Durrow was nominated for a 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Debut. Durrow has been featured as a leading expert on multiracial and multicultural issues and identity by the NBC Nightly News, the New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC, Ebony Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is an occasional contributor to National Public Radio and blogs for the Huffington Post.
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