MIXED Cleveland Premiere & Community Conversations

Join the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) as we host American University professors and documentarians Caty Borum Chattoo and Northeast Ohio-native Leena Jayaswal for the MIXED Cleveland Premiere & Community Conversations around their new documentary!

Thank you to all our amazing partners who have made these events possible:

MIXED Cleveland Premiere & Community Conversations is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Community Partners:
Kohrman Jackson Krantz, JACK Entertainment, Terry & Mary Fergus, and CODE M Magazine.

Event Partners:
Chagrin Documentary Film FestivalCleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Women in Film and Television Ohio (WIFTOH), the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (GCUFF) and Black Cinema Café, the BOP STOP at the Music Settlement, and UnBAR Cafe. Event filming by West10G Productions LLC.


Collaborators Caty Borum Chattoo and Northeast-Ohio native Leena Jayaswal share a long history of social-issue storytelling in documentaries and other multimedia.

Their latest film, MIXED, explores what it means to be a multi-racial family in America, fifty-three years after the historic, landmark Supreme Court Decision, Loving v. Virginia ended persecution of interracial marriage in America.

Two mothers – one brown, one white – set off on a journey together to explore what it means to be a bi-racial child living in a mixed-race family in so-called “post-racial America,” the perspectives of their own families and others, and America’s deep cultural ambivalence about its rapidly- changing mixed-race reality.

In the wake of worldwide protests after the death of George Floyd and the sweeping #BlackLivesMatter movement, MIXED offers a new lens into race and the lives of the first generation of mixed-race kids and families to be counted in the U.S. Census.

Over four days’ worth of events, Chattoo and Jayaswal will host the Cleveland Premiere of their film, film festival screenings and panel discussion, a live director’s commentary screening and documentary workshop, a social issue talk, and a community screening and Q&A.

At each event, Chattoo and Jayaswal will discuss their motivations as filmmakers, provide insight into the world of documentary filmmaking, and answer questions from participants.


 

LOCATIONS & DATES

Virtual Screening – October 5th at 5:00 pm
Online

In-Person Screening – October 6th at 10:45 am
Chagrin Valley Little Theatre
40 River St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
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Panel Discussion MIXED: One in Two Worlds – October 6th at 12:00 pm
Chagrin Falls Township Hall – CDFF Live on Main
83 N. Main St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
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In partnership with the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival will host a virtual screening, in-person screening, and panel discussion for MIXED. The panel discussion, MIXED: One in Two Worlds, will take place after the screening of the documentary on October 6th. Rick Jackson, Brenda Cain, and MIXED co-director Leena Jayaswal will join a panel of parents as they share and discuss their perspectives on raising multiracial families.

Click here to watch the trailer.

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Support our Partners:

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival (CDFF) is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories. The Festival is a five day celebration of the art of documentary film, at venues in and around the century village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. This inspiring event draws audiences from all over Northeast Ohio, the US and the world to experience documentary films and the compelling art and culture they highlight. Support CDFF by becoming a member, buying tickets to the festival, or simply by making a donation.


 

LOCATION
Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque
11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
Click here for directions  •  Click here for a parking map

In partnership with the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, the GCFC will host the Cleveland Premiere of the documentary film MIXED. Directors Caty Borum Chattoo and Leena Jayaswal will screen the film in CIA’s state-of-the-art Peter B. Lewis Theater and answer audience questions after the screening. Post-screening reception TBD.

Click here to watch the trailer.

Tickets can be purchased by members of the public as well as by members of the Cinematheque and GCFC. 

Masks are required for all filmgoers.

Proceeds will be split evenly to benefit the Greater Cleveland Film Commission and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque.  Please consider making an additional donation to the GCFC and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque to support our programs and services when you purchase your tickets.

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LOCATION
BOP STOP at the Music Settlement
2920 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113
Click here for directions  •  Free street parking is available along Detroit Avenue and neighboring streets

In partnership with Women in Film and Television Ohio (WIFTOH), the GCFC will host a Live Director’s Commentary and Documentary Film Workshop with MIXED directors Caty Borum Chattoo and Leena Jayaswal. This event will include a screening of the film, paused periodically to hear behind-the-scenes stories and filmmaking insights from Caty and Leena, as well as an audience Q&A, and lecture about documentary filmmaking.

BOP STOP COVID POLICY: As of 9/7/21 all guests, staff, and performers must show proof of vaccination or produce a negative test result within 48 hours of entering to be admitted into the venue.

Workshop registration is $50. Complimentary breakfast is included with paid registration.

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Support our Partners:

Women in Film and Television Ohio (WIFTOH) helps women of all ages and experience levels grow their careers in film, television, and media. WIFTOH is a nonprofit whose mission is dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in film, television, and all other media and they rely on the generosity of supporters like YOU! Click HERE to become a member!

The Music Settlement is a centuries-old community music school forged out of the Settlement Movement as a way to welcome immigrants to Cleveland and unite them through the common language of music. As a nonprofit whose mission is to welcome all to the music and arts community to learn, create, inspire and heal, they rely on the generosity of supporters like YOU! Click HERE to make a donation to the Music Settlement.


 

LOCATION
Virtual

As a part of the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Lunch on Fridays weekly conversations on art and design, American University professors and filmmakers Caty Borum Chattoo and Leena Jayaswal will spend the lunch hour sharing their expertise in the power of documentary film to create social change. This one-hour lecture will provide insight into social-issue storytelling from two filmmakers who have made social justice a central focus of their work.

This virtual event is free and open to the public. Please check back soon for additional details.

Support our Partner: The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) one of the nation’s leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. Your generous gift helps to fund the full range of the College’s operational needs, from student financial aid to departmental support to public programming, all to the benefit of our students and faculty.  Click HERE to make a donation to CIA.


 

LOCATION
UnBAR Cafe
12635 Larchmere Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44120
Click here for Directions

In partnership with the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (GCUFF) and Black Cinema Café, the GCFC will host a private screening of MIXED at the UnBAR Cafe followed by an audience Q&A with directors Caty Borum Chattoo and Leena Jayaswal. UnBAR Cafe is a hybrid space for entertaining and socializing without the nightclub stigma and is non-alcoholic. Before the film begins, screening guests can purchase special non-alcoholic cocktails, coffee, fruit smoothies, baked goods, hors d’oeuvres and more.

Seating is limited. Please email GCFC Development Coordinator Juli Johnson Piller at [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.

Support our Partner: The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (GCUFF) is celebrating 10 years of Black film, life and culture this year. As a nonprofit whose mission is to provide a platform for talented and unique independent filmmakers to showcase their work, they rely on the generosity of supporters like YOU!  Click HERE to make a donation to GCUFF.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Caty Borum Chattoo is Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), a nonprofit organization housed at American University that creates, showcases and studies media designed for social change, with a particular focus on documentary storytelling; and professor at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She is an award-winning documentary producer, executive, and scholar working at the intersection of documentary, democracy, and social justice. Her book about the role of mediated comedy in social change, A Comedian and An Activist Walk Into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice, with co-author Lauren Feldman, was published by University of California Press (2020). Her documentary book, Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change, published by Oxford University Press (2020), won the 2021 Broadcast Education Association Book Award. In 2020, she was named to DOC NYC’s national list of New Documentary Leaders, an award given to 16 members of the documentary industry who have made a substantial impact on the field, centering efforts to expand representation and equity in the industry. As a documentary producer, her films and TV programs have aired internationally and nationally. She serves on the Board of Directors of three leading media- serving organizations: The Peabody Awards, Kartemquin Films, and Working Films.

Leena Jayaswal is a Northeast Ohio-native and documentary filmmaker, award-winning photographer with deep expertise and interest in issues that intersect race, representation and identity. Her photography has been nationally recognized in galleries around the country, including solo shows at the Gandhi Memorial Center, and International Visions Gallery. Group shows include Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The Washington Project for the Arts/ Corcoran Gallery of Art, Arlington Arts Center, Photoworks, Hilyer Art Space, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Lexington Art League and the Studio Gallery. Jayaswal’s images are in collections at Center for Photography, En Foco, Light Work, Photo Center Northwest through Society for Photographic Education and the Asian American Arts Centre Her films have been broadcast throughout the country on PBS affiliates through National Educational Telecommunications Association, and through New Day Films. She was awarded the prestigious Gracie Allen Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. Her work has been featured in critical film festivals and newspapers for the Indian diaspora. Her work has been featured in critical film festivals and newspapers for the Indian diaspora. Her award-winning photography has been nationally recognized in galleries around the country. She has worked with famed photographer, Mary Ellen Mark. Her latest film, Dreaming Green is a commissioned film for the Smithsonian. Jayaswal is a Professor in the Film and Media Arts Division at American University. She is the director of the photography degree and is currently Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School ofCommunication. She was also the School of Communication’s first Inclusion Officer.

ABOUT THE GCFC

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, whose mission is to create jobs and economic impact for Northeast Ohio through a vibrant film and media arts industry. GCFC was the driving force behind the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit (OMPTC) in 2009. Since then GCFC has attracted over 300 productions, most recently “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Cherry” and Liam Neeson’s “The Marksman.” These projects have created 6,192 full-time equivalent jobs and brought over $1.1 billion into Ohio’s economy.

GCFC connects cast and crew talent directly to production opportunities and invests in a strong local workforce by presenting workshops, seminars, FilmSkills training, and internships, designed to give local talent the education, experience, and professional connections to succeed in the film industry. GCFC works tirelessly to expand the film industry in Northeast Ohio, train and support a local workforce in order to generate real, sustainable opportunities that attract and retain talent.

GCFC is firmly committed to supporting diverse representation; Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQIA+), and other marginalized people groups. The organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative has led to the development of new programs that address equity (in the film industry and in general), from panel discussions to screenings, to lectures, and workshops by artists addressing the issue in their work.

The MIXED Premiere and Community Conversation events are part of the GCFC’s commitment to showcase diverse filmmakers and stories.


For event questions, please contact Development Coordinator Juli Johnson Piller at [email protected]