We’re making a public service announcement for the festival. Film and television star Terrell Tilford will make his directorial debut with this short film and we need your help. Stop by and tell us on camera what the festival means to you. We’ll be filming from 1pm to 4:30pm at the festival on 6/14! See you there!–Heidi Durrow
#Multicultivate: Can diversity really be taught?
The interracial Cheerios commercial. The Swiffer ad with a mixed race family and a dad who lost a hand and part of his arm. The Honey Maid #ThisIsWholesome campaign featuring a range of families, including a gay couple and their two sons. All three use a marketing strategy that speaks to our increasingly diverse populations in Southern California and around the country.
These commercials reflect the realities of many kids’ lives, and have sparked conversation about diversity right in our living rooms or at our kitchen tables. But how effective is talking, really? Are there other ways parents and caregivers can broach discussion about diversity? And if it’s actually “teachable,” what approaches make the message stick?
Saturday afternoon, June 14, from 1:00 – 2:30pm, KPCC emerging communities and immigration reporter Josie Huang takes the Crawford Family Forum on the road to the Japanese American National Museum. She’ll talk with a special panel about how we can help kids understand and appreciate the diversity of their own families and communities… and what they see in other kids – and adults – around them.
This conversation and Q&A is part of the Mixed Remixed Festival’s day of programming.
An exciting new festival, the Mixed Remixed Festival brings together film and book lovers to celebrate stories of multiracial, mixed and hapa individuals with workshops, readings, film screenings and live performances for the largest West Coast celebration of Loving Day.
*Please note that RSVPs for this event will be collected by The Mixed Remixed Festival, and may be placed here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/3413
Heidi Durrow: The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (New York Times bestseller, PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction winner) author; Mixed Remixed Festival founder; Ebony Magazine Power 100 Leader.
Sonia N. Kang: Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC) vice-president; The Mixed Up Blog writer, Modern Mom contributor; Multiculti Cuties co-founder.
Terrence Franklin and Jeffrey Moline: Trust and estates litigation attorney, Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise, LLP founding partner; has two teenage daughters with former wife, who is also African American; partner of songwriter, musician and filmmaker Jeffrey Moline.
Instructor: Lora Nakamura
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Save your spot by registering here.
In this storytelling workshop, children will be able to explore the love they currently experience in their lives, from family love to friendship love, and even to love they have for themselves. Through the use of illustrations, they will learn to sequence their stories and share with others in a safe and fun environment.
Lora Nakamura is the author and illustrator of, The Bonsai Babes: A Love Story, a cross-cultural tale of unconditional love and friendship set in Los Angeles and its neighboring San Gabriel Valley. She has a background in education and social work, receiving her B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of California, San Diego, her teaching credential from Cal State L.A., and her Masters in Social Work from Cal State Long Beach. She has been a guest lecturer on issues of diversity at Cal State L.A., and an advocate for underrepresented communities in Compton, Lynwood, Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Valley.
Readings: June 14, 2014, 1:00pm – 2:20pm
Book signing immediately following the reading and Q & A.
Books for sale by the Mixed Remixed Festival Official Bookseller Skylight Books.
Krista Bremer’s writing has won a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a North Carolina Arts Fellowship. Krista’s essays have appeared in magazines like O, The Oprah Magazine, MORE, The Sun,Utne, and The Sunday Times (London). Her work has also appeared on CNN and MSN, and she is a regular contributor to National Public Radio.
Krista lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, and works as associate publisher of The Sun. Her memoir about her bicultural marriage, My Accidental Jihad (Algonquin Books), has met great critical acclaim. Eat, Pray, Lovebestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert calls My Accidental Jihad “a bold piece of writing (and thinking) by an incredibly brave woman.”
Crystal Chan grew up as a mixed-race kid in the middle of the Wisconsin cornfields and has been trying to find her place in the world ever since. Over time, she found that her heart lies in public speaking, performing, and ultimately, writing. She has published articles in several magazines; given talks and workshops across the country; facilitated discussion groups at national conferences; and been a professional storyteller for children and adults alike.
In Chicago, where Crystal now lives, you will find her biking along the city streets and talking to her pet turtle. Her debut middle-grade novel, Bird, is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. She is represented by Emily van Beek of Folio Literary Management. Visit her website for more information.
Chris L. Terry recently relocated to L.A. from Chicago, where he got a Creative Writing MFA from Columbia College. Slate and Kirkus included his novel, Zero Fade, (Curbside Splendor, 2013), on their Best of 2013 lists. Kirkus called it, “Original, hilarious, thought-provoking and wicked smart: not to be missed.” ChrisLTerry.com has links to more of his writing.
Brannon Rockwell-Charland is a multimedia artist originally hailing from Berkeley, California. She recently graduated from Oberlin College where she majored in Africana Studies and Visual Art. She is a Mellon-Mays Research Fellow whose scholarship deals with historical mixed-race media representation, race in contemporary advertising, and post-racialism. Much of her artistic work focuses on visual intersections of queerness, blackness, gender, legacy, autobiography, and mythology. Her photographic and sculptural work has been shown at the Lansing Art Gallery in Lansing, Michigan and at the Edmonia Lewis Center for Women and Transgender People in Oberlin, Ohio. In her spare time, she enjoys stream of consciousness writing, playing the guitar, singing, and mixing lipstick colors to find the perfect shade. She was probably a mermaid in a past life. Visit her website for more information.
Shannon received her B.A. in English and Writing from Southern Oregon University, and her M.A. in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her previous publications include a scholarly article in AmeriQuests about the child abductee, Elizabeth Smart, online articles about movies and dating for The Content Cruncher, a twice-monthly column in the SOU student newspaper, and a poem in the online journal Jellyfish Magazine. She currently work as an SAT Prep instructor at HS2 Academy in the Silicon Valley.
Shannon was born in San Francisco to a white mother and a black father, and lived on the famous Haight Street in the 70s. She has dedicated her scholarship to devouring biracial literature from the past two centuries and wrote her Master’s thesis on the role of the black mother and white suitor in the “tragic mulatta” genre. She has previously been an active member of the Bay Area group “Sisters and White Misters,” and is currently in a happy relationship with a Colombian. Visit her website to find out more.
Don’t miss this excellent feature documentary, Closure, about a young African-American woman who was raised by white parents who goes looking for her biological parents.
Closure dir. Bryan Tucker
June 14, 2014 11:00am-12:30pm
Discussion on Transracial Adoption immediately following screening.
Running Time 76 minutes
Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Save your spot by registering here.
Angela, an African-American, was raised by a Caucasian couple in a large, multiracial family in Washington State. She was adopted at the age of one from foster care in the state of Tennessee, under the terms of a closed adoption. As Angela grew older, it became apparent that the unanswered questions about her birth story would continue to haunt her if she did not attempt to find some answers. Filmed and edited by her husband, Bryan, this documentary follows Angela for two years during the search for her birth family. Several twists and surprising revelations ultimately lead Angela and her family across the country to her place of birth. It is here where Angela comes face to face with her birth mother for the first time, and meets family members who had never known she was even born – including her birth father.
Don’t miss the wonderful line-up of short films with a Q & A with the filmmakers immediately following.
June 14, 2014 10:00am-10:50am
The United Colors of Amani, dir. Amani Starnes (Running time 15 minutes)
Ozzy & Harry dir. Jeffrey Moline (Running time 6:25 minutes)
Tender Love dir. Joseph Hernandez-Kolski (Running time 5:17 minutes)
Covered in Grass dir. Celso White & Matt Malis (Running time 4:45 minutes)
There will be a short Q&A with the filmmakers and actors involved immediately following the screenings.
Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Save your spot by registering here.
The United Colors of Amani
In the tradition of Robert Townsend’s Hollywood Shuffle, the web series “The United Colors of Amani,” explores Amani’s uncomfortable racial adventures in Hollywood. Amani, an ethnically ambiguous performer, has dealt with the “What are you question” her whole life. But what does it mean to be black, white, and everything in between as she navigates the entertainment industry and life in LA? “The United Colors of Amani,” a with sociological undertones, sheds light on the uncomfortable, awkward, and outrageous constructions of race permeating showbiz. It will evoke laughter, discomfort, and outrage. Despite the specific circumstances of the protagonist’s journey through the big bad world of Hollywood, viewers will be surprised to find that they, too, can relate on some level to the identity politics and interpersonal catastrophes highlighted in “The United Colors of Amani.”
Amani Starnes is a multiracial actress, writer, producer, and singer. She graduated from Yale, where she studied Theater and African American Studies. Amani is the face of several national television commercials and a member of Tim Robbins’ Actors’ Gang. She also sings, choreographs, and stars in independent films, plays, concerts, music videos, and rock operas.
Ozzy & Harry
A biting satire on Conservative American Family Values “Ozzy and Harry” (a play on “Ozzy and Harriet”). Features Ozzy, a closeted, conservative Mixed race business executive and Harry his Nordic spouse and homemaker are trying to raise Pumpkin, their Latino son in a world that only existed on their television sets. Pumpkin tries to pull the wool from over his parents eyes by confronting the family dynamic of two fathers. Shot in 2003 in glorious black and white “Ozzy and Harry” reflects rotten core at buying into the American Dream, through apathy, consumerism and simply the need to be right. It illustrates how we lose our uniqueness in chasing it.
JGM is a singer/songwriter, musician and filmmaker. He uses his art and life to promote a solidarity of enlightened common people. JGM was farm raised in MN and lives in West Hollywood. JGM hopes you enjoy his film Ozzy and Harry.
As a writer who comes from a mixed background, I think my perspective is slightly different. I think my comedy tends to reflect that. This comedy short is a commentary on technology and relationships, not specifically about the mixed experience, but I think it’s a universal topic. My goal is to continue to speak about our experience in ways that demonstrate a positive direction in which I think we need to move as a society, where we are not on the outskirts of the mainstream. We need to redefine what that mainstream looks like.
Joe Hernandez-Kolski is a spoken word poet and comedian. His first short film, “Afterschool’d” was an NBC Comedy Short Cuts finalist. He has written several hip-theater shows, both in the solo format and with his partner Joshua Silverstein under the comedy moniker “So Fresh & So Clean.” His first solo show, “You Wanna Piece of Me?” was recently published by the University of Michigan press as part of an anthology entitled, “Say Word: Voices of Hip-Hop Theater.”
Covered in Grass
Aaron Samuels, raised in Providence, Rhode Island by a Jewish mother and a Black father, is a Cave Canem Fellowand a nationally acclaimed performer. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart, featured on TV One’s Verses & Flow, and has appeared in many journals including Tidal Basin Review and Muzzle Magazine.
How to Make Living the Writer’s Life a Reality
June 14, 2014 at 10:00am-10:50am
Panelists: Lori Lakin Hutcherson, Julie Buxbaum, Heidi Durrow, Marissa Jo Cerar, Ernessa T. Carter
Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Save your spot by registering here. FREE!
You keep telling yourself one day you’re going to write that novel. Well how can you take practical steps to make that dream a reality? Hear the stories of some successful writers of books and films and how they transitioned into living the writer’s life.
Lori Lakin Hutcherson
Lori is a Los Angeles native, graduate of Harvard University and a former Vice President of Feature Film Production at 20th Century Fox, where she helped oversee such movies as “Waiting To Exhale,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “The Truth About Cats & Dogs,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Crucible” and “That Thing You Do.”
After six years as a film executive, Lori climbed out of that circle of Hell into the creative one, and has since written for TV shows such as “Daddio,” “Abby,” “The American Embassy,” and the Will Smith/Jada Pinkett Smith-produced “All of Us.” Most recently she was a Supervising Producer and writer on VH1’s “Single Ladies.”
Lori is the mother of two young children, Xavier (7) and Phoebe (4) and is really freakin’ happily married to writer/director/comedian Warren Hutcherson, former executive producer of “Moesha” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” She is currently working on growing her news/media website, goodblacknews.org, freelancing for L.A. Parent Magazine, and de-cluttering her way too kid-friendly home.
Julie Buxbaum is an internationally renowned novelist, and the author of THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE and AFTER YOU (both published by Dial Press, a division of Random House). Her work has been translated into twenty five languages, and is available in over fifty countries. THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE has been optioned by Twentieth Century Fox with Anne Hathaway attached to star. She has also written for Redbook and The New York Times. A graduate of Harvard Law School and The University of Pennsylvania, Julie now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Heidi Durrow is the founder of the Mixed Remixed Festival, a former litigator, a former Life Skills trainer of professional athletes, and the New York Times best-selling novelist of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin Books) which won the PEN/Bellwether Prize and was named to several Best of Lists in 2010.
Marissa Jo Cerar grew up in a family of eight adopted kids, as the only brown person in the cornfield-lined roads of her rural Illinois town. She has a BA in Film, concentrating in Screenwriting from Columbia College Chicago and is an alumnus of Film Independent’s Project: Involve. During the Project: Involve program, Marissa Jo’s short script STEPS was produced and then screened in multiple film festivals around the world. In 2012 her award-winning feature script CONVERSION was on the prestigious Black List and Hit List as one of best unproduced scripts in Hollywood, and in 2013 she was named on Hollywood’s Young and Hungry List.
Marissa Jo works as a story editor on the critically acclaimed ABC Family show, THE FOSTERS, and her script CONVERSION is in development with Tim Robbins attached to direct.
Ernessa T. Carter
You don’t want to miss this great reading! Poets & Writers has asked Mixed Remixed Writers to be part of this wonderful reading series on 5/22/14 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA. We look forward to seeing you there!
Here is more information about the event and the writers participating:
Join us on May 22, 2014 for Poets & Writers Fourth Annual Los Angeles Connecting Cultures Reading featuring writers representing P&W-supported organizations: 826LA, Heartland Institute for Transformation, Lambda Literary Foundation, Levantine Cultural Center, Mixed Remixed Festival, and Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore. Readers include: librecht baker, Jesse Bliss, Laura Davila, Gayle Fuhr, Trebor Healy, Queen Hollins, Juliana Maio, Jeffery Martin, Jamie Moore, Melinda Palacios, Bernard Radfar, Luivette Resto, Chris L. Terry, Tony Valenzuela, Vickie Vértiz, and Esme-Michelle Watkins. This event is free and open to the public! Reception to follow.
This is so exciting! Festival sponsor Miss Jessie’s has provided hundreds of multicultural curl packets for our 1st 100 attendees! Be there early on 6/14 and make your curls happy!