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Good news for those of you who’ve had busy starts to the New Year—we’ve extended the deadline for submissions to the 2016 Mixed Remixed Festival. Remember the deadline is Sunday, February 14. That’s right, by the end of Valentine’s Day. Send your love our way by submitting to the festival!
Mixed Remixed Festival Submissions 2016: submit here. There is no submission fee.
Whether you’re an official or unofficial storyteller, we want your mixed-experience stories. Join us. We hope to see you and your work at our festival in June. —Joy Stoffers, Festival Blogger
We’re seeking filmmakers, writers, bloggers, performers, scholars, and storytellers of every stripe who have stories to share about the Mixed and multiracial/multicultural experience. We’re also seeking panel presentation ideas and workshops. WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE TO Feb. 14, 2016. There is no submission fee. Find out how to submit your work here.-Heidi Durrow, Festival FounderApply now as a Writer or Panelist Submit Your Short or Feature Film Apply to Lead a Workshop Apply to Perform
We were so pleased to screen these amazing short films from talented filmmakers. The audience was moved by each of the films that dealt with the labels that people foist on the ethnically ambiguous to the difficult relationship that is rooted in cultural differences between parents and children. If you have a chance to see any of these films which are doing the film festival circuit don’t miss the opportunity. We can’t wait to see what’s next for these filmmakers.-Heidi Durrow, Festival Founder
List of Short Films Screened at Mixed Remixed Festival 2015
In 1990, producer Dmae Roberts won a Peabody-award for her radio documentary, “Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song.” It was the first bi-racial and Taiwanese-American radio documentary on public radio. 25 years later, she created a half-hour film using the audio documentary “Mei Mei” as the soundtrack.
Mixing live action, animated effects and archival footage, “Mei Mei” tells the story of Dmae and her mother as they travel to Taiwan together after a long absence.
As Chu-Yin Roberts’ story unfolds she reveals the abuse she experienced when she was sold into servitude at the age of two and her hardship growing up during World War Two. She talks about the female Buddha who saved her life. It soon becomes clear the tensions they experienced with each other had to do not only with the always-complicated mother/daughter relationship, but also the fact they were of different cultures yet intrinsically tied together because they were family.
This multimedia film is the 25th anniversary of the radio documentary that originally aired on NPR, BBC, CBC and ABC.
Dmae Roberts is a two-time Peabody winning radio art/writer whose work often airs on NPR. Her work is often autobiographical and cross-cultural and informed by her biracial identity. Her Peabody award-winning documentary Mei Mei, a Daughter’s Song is a harrowing account of her mother’s childhood in Taiwan during WWII. She recently adapted this radio documentary into a film. She won a second Peabody-award for her eight-hour Crossing East documentary, the first Asian American history series on public radio. She received the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Civil Rights and Social Justice award from the Asian American Journalists Association and was selected as a United States Artists (USA) Fellow. Her stage plays and essays have been published in Oregon Humanities magazine, But Still, Like Air I’ll Rise (Temple University Press), Reality Radio (UNC Press), Alexander Press and The Sun Magazine, Where Are You From? by The Thymos Group and Mothering in East Asian Communities book collection by Demeter Press. Roberts has been writing a personal column for the Asian Reporter and been hosting/producing Stage & Studio on KBOO FM. She is the executive producer of MediaRites Productions in Portland, Oregon.
Dmae Roberts on-line:
dir. Talon Gonzalez
Talon Gonzalez is an independent non-fiction film director from Big Sur, California. He is a recent graduate from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. He also attended FAMU international film school in Prague, Czech Republic in 2012. His student films explore topics relating to ethnic and cultural identity. He was awarded Best Editing at the 2014 United Nations Associate Film Festival for his short film, Mestizo. Talon is also a creative media director for the tech start-up, Student IDeals.
We had so many writers submit for the 2015 Mixed Remixed Festival that we decided we need to add a panel about the diverse ways in which they each came to writing professionally. We’re sure glad we did. The program was standing-room only and one of the most talked about programs of the Festival. We hope to share our recording of the program soon so that you can hear all the great advice and wisdom these talented writers shared!–Heidi Durrow, Festival Founder
List of Writer Panelists on Writing the Mixed Experience Professionally at Mixed Remixed Festival 2015
Writing the Mixed Experience Professionally
Erika Hayasaki is an assistant professor in the Literary Journalism Program at the University of California, Irvine, an undergraduate degree program dedicated to studying and practicing narrative journalism, where she teaches workshops in narrative nonfiction writing, as well as classes in digital storytelling. She is the author of The Death Class: A True Story About Life (published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster), and is a contributing health and science writer for The Atlantic and Newsweek. Erika spent nearly a decade as a reporter covering breaking news and writing feature stories for the Los Angeles Times.
Jia-Rui Chong-Cook is national and science editor for Zocalo Public Square, a nonprofit ideas exchange that blends humanities journalism and live events. Zocalo publishes personal essays and news analyses that end up on the websites and op-ed pages of over 100 syndicate partners (including TIME, The Washington Post and USA Today). Prior to Zocalo Public Square, Jia-Rui was a reporter in the science and local news sections of the Los Angeles Times and a science writer and media relations specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is Chinese-American, and the mother of a mixed-race child. She most recently spearheaded the “What It Means to Be American Project,” a national, multiplatform, multimedia conversation hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Zócalo Public Square that brings together leading thinkers, public figures, and Americans from all walks of life to explore big, visceral questions about how our nation’s past can help us understand its present and imagine its future.
Rebekah Sager is an accomplished writer and online media producer –adept at creating relevant and clever content for websites and publications. Focused primarily on fashion and lifestyle, Sager has been published in Cosmo for Latinas, Hemispheres Magazine, WordsEtc, Girls Guide to Paris, FOX News Latino, and the Los Angeles Times. Sager has worked for Google Maps and the Google owned, Zagat Guide. Sager currently works as a Digital and Social Media Producer on the Dr. Phil Show.
David Horace Greer is an actor, playwright, and Tony-nominated producer. His new play Hour Farther, the “cosmic story of a mixed adopted son, searching for his ‘real father,’ who discovers how dangerously beautiful truth can be,” was selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 38th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival in San Francisco next month. The first of a 3-play cycle (Hour Farther, Who Art, And Heaven), the play has been presented in staged readings and full-productions across the country (more dates TBA). In addition to writing, David was on the Broadway producer teams for Mountaintop (starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson), Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (starring Audra McDonald and David Alan Grier), the historic Black Stars of Great White Way (appearances by Cecily Tyson, Robert Guillaume, Ben Vereen, and Phylicia Rashād) at Carnegie Hall, and The Scottsboro Boys, which earned he and his team Tony-nominations for “Best New Musical.” He also produced and acted in his play Peculiar People at Hartford Stage, consulted and appeared in the James Brown film Get On Up, and will appear in Don Cheadles’ film about Miles Davis, Miles Ahead. A native of Oakland/ Three Forks in Kentucky, David was adopted but specifics of his ethnic background are unknown as he has, thus far, chosen not to find/ meet his birth parents. Greer is a University of Chicago Graduate School of Business graduate, was a Rotary International Scholar at the American University in Cairo (Egypt), and currently serves as Chief Budget Officer at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Stephanie Abraham is an essayist, media critic, blogger and business writer who has worked in media, academia and private industry. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, such as Bitch, Role Reboot and Mizna, as well as the anthologies Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity and We Don’t Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists. She is currently working on her first memoir.
We were so lucky to screen, French Dirty, a feature film by brothers Wade and Jesse Allain-Marcus at the 2015 Mixed Remixed Festival this year just a couple days after its premiere in the Los Angeles Film Festival. The cast and crew were on hand for the well-received film and Wade gave us some insights in the Q&A immediately following the screening which was moderated by Terrell Tilford. Make sure you see this film! It’s getting great reviews and is making the festival circuit now! Here’s what folks are saying:
“[A]n East Hollywood walk-and-talk when it’s not a kind of performance art conversation piece . . . a film as fresh and weird as a day without a plan that takes you places you never imagined were there.” Los Angeles Daily News
“[T]he film speaks volumes about today’s 30 year olds and their social mores, specifically in balancing the equation between friendship and love.” Indiewire/Shadow & Act
Without a doubt, the Featured Writers who read at the Mixed Remixed Festival 2015 were the most captivating bunch ever! We have video of the program and will share that as soon as we can. But in the meantime, you tell us: what did you think? Were you one of the folks who started to weep? I’m happy to report that the official unofficial word is that we will definitely have Jamie Ford back again for 2016. Yes, it’s (almost officially) true! –Heidi Durrow, Festival Founder
List of Featured Writers at Mixed Remixed Festival 2015
Jamie Ford is an American writer of two internationally best-selling books. Ford is best known for his debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The book received positive reviews after its release, and was also awarded best “Adult Fiction” book at the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. The book was also named the #1 Book Club Pick for Fall 2009/Winter 2010 by the American Booksellers Association. In 2013, he released his second book, Songs of Willow Frost.
His stories have also been included in Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, and The End is Nigh, part of the The Apocalypse Triptych, a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey.
He is the author of the novels Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. Mat Johnson is a faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.
Marie was born and raised in California to a Japanese mother and American father, and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Her first novel,Picking Bones from Ash, was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and a finalist for the Paterson Prize. She has written for The New York Times, Salon, National Geographic, Glamour, and other publications and has been a guest on Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered on NPR.
In 2013, Marie was awarded a Fellowship by the NEA and Japan US Friendship Commission, which enabled her to live in Japan. While there, she was featured in the NHK (Japanese National Broadcasting) Documentary, Venerating the Departed, which was broadcast internationally several times.
Michelle Brittan has had poems published in Calyx, Crab Creek Review,The Grove Review, The Los Angeles Review, Nimrod, Pilgrimage, and Poet Lore, and in the anthology, Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing at California State University, Fresno, where she won an Academy of American Poets Prize. Born in San Francisco, Michelle now lives in Long Beach and is a doctoral fellow in University of Southern California’s PhD program in Creative Writing & Literature.
S. Bryan Medina
A former student of California’s Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, his poetry has graced stages in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Kansas City. He founded the Inner Ear as a way to free poetry from the confines of academic institutions, making it accessible to all. Bryan has been awarded two City of Fresno Commendations for contributions to Fresno’s rich artistic and cultural heritage and has been featured as one of the four “Fresno Poets” from writer Nick Belardes’s Distinguished Valley Writers series as well as appeared in journals such as Poetry, Flies, Cockroaches, and Poets, In The Gove, The San Joaquin Review, Jubilee, and Invisible Memoirs and was an Honorable Mention in the ‘06 Larry Levis Poetry Prize. He is a recent graduate of Fresno Pacific University and plans to teach Special Education.