When and Where is the Celebration?
The Festival is a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit organization, celebrating stories of the Mixed experience. Each year the Festival brings together film and book lovers, innovative and emerging artists, and multiracial families and individuals for two days of workshops, readings, film screenings and live performance including music, comedy and spoken word.
Festival Co-Founders Heidi Durrow and Fanshen Cox met in New York a decade ago at an audition for a show about multi-racial people. Both were sure that the other would ‘steal’ the role from the only other ‘blue-eyed, curly haired light-skinned’ girl. When both were cast, they began a long and fruitful friendship, supporting each other as artists and through the various challenges they faced surrounding their search for identity on their own terms.
In 2007, the two created the popular podcast: Mixed Chicks Chat, the live, weekly show about being racially and culturally Mixed (www.mixedchickschat.com). The show has a loyal following of live chatters, more than 4,000 downloads per month and won ‘Best Podcast’ from the Black Weblog Awards. The hosts have been featured on NPR, CNN, and in the Guardian, The San Francisco Chronicle and Blur Digital.
It was while talking to guests of Mixed Chicks Chat that Fanshen and Heidi realized they had to create a space where artists who identify as Mixed could display their works and encourage others to do so as well. This is how the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival was born! The first festival, held in 2008, was a huge success and fostered excitement and a dedication to continue to search out and create content that addresses the Mixed experience.
In the last two years, the Festival has showcased many talented filmmakers, writers, and performers including Rebecca Walker, Kip Fulbeck, Danzy Senna, Carleen Brice, Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts, Angela Nissel, Neil Aitken, Sundee Frasier, Karyn Parsons, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng and many many more.
We look forward to seeing your work, encouraging you to continue to share your story and to meeting you at the 2011 Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival!
After The Event
The 4th Annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival was the largest yet with 1500 guests! The event was featured on NPR's "Tell Me More" program, including a Festival re-cap and a discussion of literature of the Mixed experience.
Congratulations to Jeff Chiba Stearns, writer/director of "One Big Hapa Family" for winning our 'Best of' stories in two categories: Most Historically Accurate Depiction of the Mixed Experience and Feature Film Featuring a Person with a Mixed Background.
Congratulations to Lise Funderburg, winner of Best Book Representing the Mixed Experience-Non-Fiction for her book "Black, White, Other."
Congratulations to Bliss Broyard, winner of Best Story of the Mixed Experience: Best Reveal of a Person Who is Passing!
Congratulations to Jamie Ford, winner of Best Story of the Mixed Experience: Depiction of an Interracial or Intercultural Relationship for "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"! This is a must-read!
Mixed Marrow had a successful drive once again at the event.
We are proud to have Japanese American National Museum as our major sponsor along with @Zerflin.com and @TightlyCurly.com! Also many thanks to @Skylight Books, our official Festival bookseller!
If you'd like to donate to the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival, please follow this link: http://igg.me/p/22713?i=shlk
Photos by Wilki W. K. Tom
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