I am on the surprise 40th birthday celebration tour. It started in LA with an amazing surprise dinner and tomorrow I'm having a real Danish birthday lunch. I'm so excited. We were greeted yesterday at the airport by my dear cousin Lone, and kids, and aunt Henny. Waving flags the whole thing. This has been a wonderful week. (I haven't even told you about the wondrous 2nd annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival -- but will when I return stateside next week.) For now, I am enjoying family, friendship, fellowship and food. This is the best birthday ever!
UPDATE: Please visit the website of my new festival project, Mixed Remixed Festival at www.mixedremixed.org. In 2014 we featured Key & Peele and found sponsors in Cheerios and many others. Find out more Mixed Remixed Festival.
Many of you know that I am the founder and producer of the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival --www.mxroots.org--which takes place at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles, CA (369 East First Street) on June 12 and 13.
This is the second year of the Festival and we are so excited about the line-up.
Last year we had the help of some extraordinary folks: cousin Lesa, Meesh, and Amy! They put in so many hours and hard work. There really is no way to thank them.
This year the lovely Jennifer Frappier has whipped the vision into what looks to be an exciting and smoothly run event.
I am so proud of this project. I would really love for you to join us. Please come. And guess what? It's all free! This is what you get:
The Festival hosts the largest West Coast Loving Day party, a nationwide celebration of the Supreme Court decision which affirmed the right of people of different races to marry, on Friday, June 12, 2009 at 6:30pm. The free mixer features the Coca - Cola Lounge for drinks and cool fun while DJs Life and Vika spin decades of dance floor classics.
Writer and producer Angela Nissel (Mixed, Scrubs) will receive the Festival's award for inspirational storytelling of the Mixed experience during the Saturday night Loving Prize Presentation, June 13, 2009 at 6pm, which features performances by musician Jason Luckett, actor Chris Williams, and comedian Maija DiGiorgio.
The Melting Pot Moms, a multiracial family support group, will host a Family Event on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 10:30am-12:30pm, for kids ages 3-11, featuring TV actress Kim Wayans and husband, Kevin Knotts, reading from their popular children's book series, Amy Hodgepodge.
Hollywood actors, directors and writers discuss Mixed in Hollywood in a special panel on Saturday, June 13, 2009 12:50pm-1:50pm. Karyn Parsons, Chris Williams, Joe Anaya, Jenny Rich and Angela Nissel.
Among the dozen films that the Festival will screen is the award-winning In the Name of the Son (dir. Harun Mehmedinovic), which was an Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes and winner of the AFI Directing Award. Making her directing debut is the popular You Tube vlogger Tiffany Jones of the Mulatto Diaries.
The Festival includes author readings by award-winning author Danzy Senna (Caucasia, Where Did You Sleep Last Night?), Bellwether Prize winner novelist Gayle Brandeis (The Book of Dead Birds, Self-Storage) and poet Neil Aitken (Winner of the Philip Levine Prize, The Lost Country of Sight), among others.
All events are free and open to the public. The complete schedule can be found on-line at www.mxroots.org. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged especially for the Loving Day Party. On-line registration is now open at www.mxroots.org.
Festival sponsors and donors include: Japanese American National Museum, Social Justice Works!: The Aaronson Fund, Zerflin.com, the Coca - Cola Company, Trader Joe's, Subway, Dolls Like Me, Devachan Salon & Spa, SAG Indie, Urth Caffé, L.T. Projects Plus Catering.