Mixed in America is a short film documentary series about the stories of biracial people in the proverbial “melting pot.”
These are stories to which we can all relate—no matter what color, creed or culture you claim. The first installment is “Little Mixed Sunshine” and it’s about my daughter Imahni.
I was having lunch at Micky D’s with her back when she was just 15 . She had recently finished watching Chris Rock’s hilarious documentary “Good Hair.” I knew they covered some topics in that movie that would be intriguing to Imahni. Given her younger childhood, she had never been exposed to some of the racially infused drama surrounding the topic of “good hair” in the African-American community. I was curious to hear her reactions to African-American women (those with and without “good” hair). The conversation then evolved into her own experiences growing up as the daughter of a blond-haired, green-eyed single mom for seven years. It was at that point I decided to make a short film about her experiences.
A Different Kind of Documentary Film Series
What sets this series apart from others on this topic is that I take a storytelling approach vs. a typical “talking head” documentary approach. You feel like you’re watching a narrative short with voice over as opposed to a documentary. Creative license is taken to make the stories interesting and engaging. Most of all, it is my hope that when you watch it, you will empathize with the “characters.” It won’t just be an objective appreciation for race relations that may or may not personally relate to you; but rather an emotional journey you will relate to because the themes will be universal in nature. Because when you get right down to it, we all just want to fit in.
For a number of reasons, it took over five years for me to complete this short film. If you’re so inclined, you can listen to the stories behind the making of the film on my podcast Radio Film School. Click here to access the “Shooting Sunshine” mini-series.