Friday, January 20, 2012

Calling All Mixie Artists

Happy Friday Meltingpot Readers,

Any regular readers of this blog know I am a huge fan of the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival. Born five years ago, it is an amazing festival that celebrates the mixed race experience --from all angles - through literature and film. I was fortunate enough to be at the first festival and hope to be able to attend this year.

To be honest, before attending the Mixed Roots Festival, I never thought there was a unique mixed - race experience. I still saw the world in Black and White, despite the fact that I had brown children! And even then I didn't think I, as a Black woman, had a place in that experience. Somebody had to point it out to me that because my children are mixed, then I am part of the experience. So, yes, I need to be aware of what it means to be mixed. Yes,I want to know how to celebrate my children's two unique cultures in a way that makes them feel whole. And as a writer who is interested in race and identity, the mixed experience fascinates me.

The festival takes place June 16 & 17 in Los Angeles. It's totally free and offers programing appropriate for the whole family. Did I mention it's free?. Right now there's an open call for workshop, literature and film submissions. So, if you have a book or film that you'd like to screen to an amazing audience, send in your stuff. I am.



Nina said...

I wish I could go! :/ Getting to LA would not be possible though for me. Hope all is well! I actually am writing to see if you heard about the banning of Mexican-American studies in Tuscon. It hurts just to write that sentence. It's incredible that in 2012 things like this are still going on. There is a lot of work that needs to be done, and a lot of dialogue that needs to be had.... Any ideas on how to move forward from here and initiate the action that needs to be taken?

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I wonder if you have more info about the scheduler of this incredible festival.