Growing Up Mixed: Expanding Your Dream

Guest Post by Heidi Durrow, Festival FounderMIXED REMIXED FESTIVAL www.mixedremixed.org

_DSC1204One of the things we hear most from people who finally come to the Mixed Remixed Festival is: “I never knew a place like this existed.”  There’s a kind of awe, and relief, and belonging they feel that they have never felt before — many times not even in their own families.  Festival favorite and volunteer Shelly Krause (far right in photo) explains it even better than I can in this short 1.5 minute video.  Thank you Shelly!

logo_colorThe Mixed Remixed Festival is the nation’s premiere cultural arts festival celebrating stories of the Mixed experience, multiracial and multicultural families and individuals through films, books and performance.  Save the date for the 2015 Mixed Remixed Festival: June 13, 2015!

The Mixed Remixed Festival brings together film and book lovers, innovative and emerging artists, and multiracial families and individuals, Hapas, and families of transracial adoption for workshops, readings, film screenings and live performance including music, comedy and spoken word.

The Mixed Remixed Festival is brought to you by the  founder of the original mixed roots multiracial/multicultural film and book festival and an incredible all-volunteer team.  The original festival showcased many talented filmmakers, writers, and performers including Key & Peele, Rebecca Walker, Kip Fulbeck, Danzy Senna, Carleen Brice, Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts, Angela Nissel, Neil Aitken, Mat Johnson, Faith Adiele, Sundee Frasier, Karyn Parsons, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng and many many more.The Mixed Remixed Festival is even bigger and  also highlights playwrights, visual artists, and multidiscliplinary artists!

The Festival also awards the nation’s only prize for artists, scholars, community leaders and activists who celebrate and illuminate the Mixed experience in their life’s work with the Storyteller’s Prize.  Past Storyteller’s Prize honorees include Comedy Central’s hit comedic duo Key & Peele, Cheerios and award-winning writer Susan Straight.

mx14_JANM-LogoThrough film screenings, readings, workshops and performance, the Mixed Remixed Festival highlights previously untold stories of our connectedness as a community and a nation across cultural, racial and religious divides; provides a safe, positive forum for honest discussions about race and culture; creates a platform for emerging storytellers’ careers; and promotes the Mixed experience as a valuable prism with which to view issues of social justice and change.

Writer Barbara Kingsolver has written that stories have a unique “capacity for invoking moral and social responsibility.” It is through the “imagined possibilities” of story that a movement toward “a more peaceful and humane world” begins.  Simply put, the Mixed Remixed Festival goal is to dismantle racism and prejudice and foster communication and connectedness in a unique way—through storytelling.

The Mixed Remixed Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization.  Donations are fully tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.  You can send a check to Mixed Remixed, Inc. c/o H. Durrow PO Box 66848, LA, CA 90066

Heidi

Heidi W. Durrow is the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin Books), which received writer Barbara Kingsolver’s PEN/Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change, and is a book club favorite. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky has been hailed as one of the Best Novels of 2010 by the Washington Post, a Top 10 Book of 2010 by The Oregonian, and named a Top 10 Debut of 2010 by Booklist.

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