We are so elated! Erica Gimpel will host the Mixed Remixed Festival live event and Storyteller’s Prize presentation featuring a talented group of performers. I have adored Erica since her days as Coco on Fame. She was my idol! Confident, talented, beautiful –and she looked like she was part of my tribe. There really was someone else who looked like me! Erica has carved out a singular acting and singing career since she was a teen and continues to inspire on stage and on the screen. We are so lucky to have her as a part of and supporter of the Mixed Remixed Festival. Don’t miss this amazing event where we will honor Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, writer Susan Straight, and Cheerios. It’s going to be a great night!–Heidi Durrow
We are thrilled to present Cheerios with a Storyteller’s Prize for its commercials celebrating the Mixed experience on June 14, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Japanese American National Museum. Cheerios celebrated the Mixed experience in a heart-felt commercial in 2013 that featured a young biracial girl who asks her mother (who is white) about the heart-health of Cheerios. When the ad sparked racist comments on You Tube, General Mills disabled the commenting function and staunchly stood by its casting for the ad. In January, General Mills brought back the multiracial family in an ad that played during the Superbowl. As Camille Gibson, vice president of marketing for Cheerios told CBS MoneyWatch: “We fell in love with this family.” We are pleased that Camille Gibson and Douglas Martin will attend to receive the award on behalf of Cheerios.
We sure hope you will help with the Mixed Remixed Festival Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign going on now! We have just 45 days to raise $10,000! That may seem like a lot but think about it: the festival is FREE! Every film screening, reading, workshop, family activity, even the live show and prize presentation! All free! But it’s not free to produce. Please consider donating! We have some great perks as well! —Heidi Durrow
Yup! It’s true! We’ve got an incredible line-up of film screenings, readings, workshops and family fun for June 14, 2014. And it’s all free! But registration is strongly encouraged because seating is limited–especially for the Storyteller’s Prize Presentation and Live Show! We can’t wait to see you! Register now! – Heidi Durrow
January 22, 2014 (Los Angeles)–Mixed Remixed Festival Storyteller’s Prize Honors Comedy Central’s Hit Comedic Duo Key & Peele and National Book Award Finalist Susan Straight. [pdf].
The Mixed Remixed Festival will present the annual Storyteller’s Prizes to Comedy Central’s hit comedic duo Key & Peele and National Book Award Finalist Susan Straight on June 14, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles, 100 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The event is free and open to the public. A hosted dessert reception will immediately follow the awards presentation and live performance. The Storyteller’s Prizes will be presented as part of the Festival’s dynamic live performance which features some of the best comedians, musicians and spoken word poets. Reservations—which will open Feb. 14, 2014—are strongly encouraged.
The Storyteller’s Prizes are awarded each year to artists, scholars and activists who have shown a dedication to celebrating and illuminating the Mixed experience.
The 2014 Storyteller’s Prize recipients are:
Comedy Central’s hit comedic duo Key & Peele
Originally hailing from New York, Jordan Peele moved to Chicago, where he performed at both Second City Chicago and ImprovOlympic. Peele then crossed the pond to Amsterdam to work with Boom Chicago Theater, but was lured back to the States by a starring (and Emmy-nominated) role on five seasons of MADtv. Currently, he plays Dr. Brian on Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, and has also appeared on TVs RENO 911! and Love Bites. Peele has appeared in such movies as Little Fockers and the upcoming Wanderlust.
Keegan-Michael Key got his start in comedy at Second City Detroit, and later moved on to their Chicago company where he received awards for his writing and performance. While still in Chicago, Key made the jump to TV, starring in Fox’s MADtv for six seasons, and scoring recurring roles on shows like RENO 911! and Gary Unmarried. Key can also be seen on the big screen in movies including Role Models, Due Date, and Just Go With It.
Susan Straight was born in Riverside and still lives there with her family. She has published seven novels and one middle-grade reader. Highwire Moon was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001; A Million Nightingales was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2006. Her short stories have appeared in Zoetrope, The Ontario Review, The Oxford American, The Sun, Black Clock, and other magazines. “The Golden Gopher,” from Los Angeles Noir, won the Edgar Award in 2007; “El Ojo de Agua,” from Zoetrope, won an O. Henry Award in 2007. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Family Circle, Salon, The Los Angeles Times, Harpers, The Nation, and other magazines. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on Highwire Moon, and a Lannan Prize was an immense help when working on Take One Candle Light a Room.