Toasted Marshmallows is a performance, documentary film and community building project that explores what it means to be a mixed race woman in North America today. Created by artists Anoushka Ratnarajah and Marcelitte Failla, Toasted Marshmallows is an effort by and for mixed self identified women to share our stories and to fill in the gaps in conversations about race and culture with our complexities and contradictions.
In August and September of 2013 we were enabled by incredible community support to travel across Canada and the United States to interview our families and other mixed race women in and engage in life changing conversations about race, culture, history, belonging and love.
Now we have the unexpected and exciting opportunity to travel to Sri Lanka in January, to further explore the themes in our film-- particularly Anoushka’s cultural and personal history. We will be traveling and following Anoushka and her father as they visit Jaffna for the first time in their lives and explore their place of ancestry together. And we need your help to continue this journey and work!
Your contributions will give us the opportunity to delve even more deeply into the subjects of our film, including ancestry and belonging. We have an incredible chance to expand the view of our film, and see what it really means “to go back home” when you’ve never actually been there before.
What We Need & What You Get
Your donations will help us cover the cost of airfare, which at minimum is $1300 per person round trip from Vancouver to Columbo, about $4000 total. The other $2000 will cover our accommodation, transportation and food costs while we are on the island, as well as the purchase of further film equipment.
For your donations, you will receive unique gifts:
$15: A hand-bound book of writings and poetry by Anoushka and Marcelitte on their experiences growing up mixed-race.
$50: A DVD of
the finished film.
$100: A DVD and Screening of the film in your community space or venue.
Producer and Screening. You will receive
an Associate Producer credit in the film, a free DVD, signed by the filmmakers
and a private screening of Toasted Marshmallows in your community space or
Please keep checking back as we will be updating our perks page often with more fantastic gifts!
This is a flexibly funded campaign, so even if we don’t meet our entire goal, we will still use whatever fund we raise to continue on our film making journey, and we truly appreciate any and all support we receive from our wonderful community!
Toasted Marshmallows is not just a film, but is a part of a larger project to build a mixed-race community. Since our first campaign, we have received so many messages from other mixed race women saying how much they have needed and wanted a project like this. In our interviews with the women we met this past summer, as we built connections and shared stories, we have come to realize how important this project is to other mixed women and to a movement committed to healing and expanding and complicating our conversations about race.
Our previous campaign was so successful that we were able to raise funds to fully cover our airfare, equipment, and transportation costs. And the buzz created by people like you who donated and shared created even more opportunities for Toasted Marshmallows to speak about the project publicly and to new audiences. Since our first shoot we have been interviewed by Nia King for her podcast, “We want the Airwaves”, Eliot Owen for The Bay Area Reporter, and on Vancouver Co-op Radio’s program “Bulland Awaaz”. The project was also invited to participate in Suzanne Lacy’s new public performance “Between the Door and the Street” in partnership with Creative Time NYC and The Brooklyn Museum, as well as The Brooklyn Historical Society’s third annual “What Are You?” panel.
We are committed to making a beautiful and moving film that represents our personal experiences of being mixed race, and expands upon those with the shared stories of our families and our community of mixed race women.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't support financially, please spread the word about Toasted Marshmallows by sharing this campaign on Facebook and telling your friends . If you would like us to come speak to your organization or community group about these issues, you can reach us at: email@example.com
We are so excited to be apart of a growing movement and greatly appreciate all the encouragement and support behind this project!