Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 03, 2014
The Mixed Remixed Festival will take place at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles (100 N. Central Avenue), June 14, 2014.
The Festival celebrates stories of the Mixed experience and stories of multiracial Americans, the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. An annual 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 Festival, a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas — a non-profit arts service organization — is produced by The New York Times best-selling writer, Heidi Durrow, and talented team of volunteers.
The event is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is strongly encouraged. The complete Festival schedule can be found online at http://www.mixedremixed.org.
Festival Highlights Include:
- The Festival hosts the largest West Coast Loving Day Celebration, Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. with the annual Storyteller's Prize presentation and live show. The Festival will present the Storyteller's Prize to Comedy Central's hit comedic duo Key & Peele and award-winning writer Susan Straight as part of a dynamic live show featuring comedians, musicians and spoken-word poets. The presentation is held in conjunction with the 1000-person New York City Loving Day celebration, which is hosted by Loving Day (http://www.lovingday.org).
- Families can enjoy interactive craft activities all day as part of the Target Free Family Day.
- The Festival will present two award-winning feature films including Sleeping with the Fishes (dir. Nicole Gomez Fisher), Winner of the Best New Director Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival. Closure, a feature documentary about a transracial adoptee’s search for her biological parents, will be followed by a panel discussion with transracial adoptees and activists. The Festival is also pleased to present a program of several ground-breaking short films.
- The Festival includes author readings by Krista Bremer, the author of the much-anticipated memoir My Accidental Jihad (Algonquin Books); and Crystal Chan, author of Bird and Chris Terry author of Zero Fade, and many others. Skylight Books is the Festival’s official bookseller.
- Acting and writing workshops will be led by published authors and professional actors. Award-winning poet Aaron Samuels, author of Yarmulkes & Fitted Caps, will present a poetry-writing workshop; celebrated voice-over artist and acting professor Rayme Cornell will lead a voice-over class; and Second Story’s Khanisha Foster will offer a Performer's Bootcamp. A complete list of workshops appears on the Festival website.
- More than a dozen esteemed panelists will speak on diverse topics related to the Mixed experience, including: educator Marcia Dawkins, activist/filmmaker Thomas Lopez, You Tube’s Channing Sargent, writer Cathy Tashiro.
Festival sponsors include: Japanese American National Museum (http://www.janm.org), Zerflin.com, Pitfire Artisan Pizza, Miss Jessie's, and Poets & Writers through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.