Filmmakers and Producers

Jessica Chen Drammeh

For ANOMALY, Jessica Chen Drammeh received the James T. Yee Mentorship Award from the Center for Asian American Media (formerly known as NAATA). She was selected for IFP’s Project:Involve and Film/Video Arts’ Artist Mentor Project with Thomas Allen Harris. She has been a two-time finalist for the Richard Vague Production Fund Award for alumni of New York University. She has appeared on the PBS show, Asian America and profiled in the Race and Filmmaking special double issue of The Independent. ANOMALY has been screened in various formats at the 40th anniversary Loving Decision Conference, UC Davis, Yale University, and the Wing Luke Asian Museum, among other venues.

Drammeh earned a B.F.A. in Film and Television Production from New York University with a minor in Africana Studies. Her short film, Jimi’s Blues, was awarded a Warner Brothers Post-Production Grant and screened at festivals nationwide and on television. Prior credits and work experience includes Thomas Allen Harris’ E Minha Cara/That’s My Face, distributors Kino Intenational and Women Make Movies, art house cinema Film Forum, and the IFP/New York. She was also a juror for the Roy Dean Video Grant.

Drammeh is uniquely qualified to direct and produce ANOMALY because of her extensive involvement in the mixed race community. She has been a guest lecturer, panelist, moderator and organizer for dozens of discussions about multiethnic issues at colleges, universities and community settings nationwide. She is eager to build a body of work telling the stories of mixed race people and communities.


Anomaly: A Documentary Film about Multiracial Identity
Jessica Chen Drammeh
Producer: Jessica Chen Drammeh & Sharon K. Smith
2013, 47 min., Color, US
ANOMALY is an award-winning documentary film that provides a thought-provoking look at multiracial identity by combining personal narratives with the larger drama of mixed race in American culture. The characters use spoken word and music to tell their stories of navigating identity, family and comm...

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