GCFC Virtual Workshop with Award-winning MIXED Filmmakers

GCFC Virtual Workshop with Award-winning MIXED Filmmakers

Collaborators Jayaswal and Chattoo 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 American, 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 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.

Jayaswal and Chattoo will share the MIXED trailer and discuss their motivations as filmmakers, provide insight into the world of documentary filmmaking, and answer questions from participants during this virtual workshop.

Workshop topics include:

  • Getting Started
  • How to Find Your Subject
  • Motivation
  • Funding Resources
  • Finding Crew
  • Distribution & Festivals
  • Q&A

Reserve your seat for only $25. Click here to register.

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

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is the only nonprofit dedicated to driving economic development and job creation by cultivating a robust film and television industry in Northeast Ohio.

As the GCFC relies solely on donations, proceeds from this workshop will help the GCFC continue to build a strong, sustainable film and media production industry that brings jobs and business to Cleveland.


Leena Jayaswal

Jayaswal’s films have been broadcast throughout the country on over 100 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. Crossing Lines is currently part of the Smithsonian’s Beyond Bollywood exhibition that has been traveling around the country. 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, with solo shows at the International Visions Gallery and Gandhi Memorial Center in Washington, D.C. Group shows include Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The Washington Project for the Arts/ Corcoran Gallery of Art, Arlington Arts Center, Asian Arts Initiative, Lexington Art League, Hillyer Art Space, California Institute of Integral Studies, National Geographic, Studio Gallery, and Photoworks. Jayaswal has photographs in group collections at Center for Photography, En Foco, Light Work, Photo Center Northwest and the Asian American Arts Centre. Jayaswal’s work has been reviewed in the Washington Post, The Washington City Paper and India Abroad. She has worked with famed photographer, Mary Ellen Mark and was the official photographer for the Patsy Cline Museum. Currently Jayaswal is co-directing, co-producing with Caty Borum Chattoo a feature length documentary, Mixed, on what it means to be mixed race in America, with funding from The Norman Lear Foundation, The Shirley Brownrigg Trust and Center for Asian American Media. Jayaswal is a Professor in the Film and Media Arts Division of the at American University. She is the director of the photography concentration and the Interim Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Communication.


Caty Borum Chattoo

She has produced two documentary films (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and The After Party), a TV documentary series (Stand Up Planet), multiple half-hour documentary TV specials, a seven-part documentary TV series, and PSA campaigns designed for social change on issues ranging from global poverty to human rights. Working at the intersection of social-change communication strategy, documentary production and impact research, Caty’s work has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, Businessweek, Huffington Post and PBS Media Shift, and her produced documentaries have aired in the U.S. and internationally on the Sundance Channel, Pivot, NDTV (India), PBS World, Link TV, and KCET Formerly, she was a senior vice president in behavior-change communication at FleishmanHillard Communications, a longtime collaborator with TV producer Norman Lear, and program officer in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Entertainment Media & Public Health program. She holds an MA in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Communication (summa cum laude, In Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from Virginia Tech; she completed coursework toward her MFA in film production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.