How do our genes matter? As North America’s multiracial population grows at an unprecedented rate, so too does a rarely acknowledged problem: the difficulty of finding suitable bone marrow donors for such a genetically diverse group. Jeff Chiba Stearns (ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY, the YouTube sensation YELLOW STICKY NOTES) uses colorful animation to bring complex scientific concepts to a broader audience, while personal anecdotes reveal the efforts of the afflicted, their families, and their communities to ensure lifesaving care for all. – J. Martin

Filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns and film subject Athena Asklipiadis expected in attendance, and stay after the screening or attend our Centerpiece Reception for a marrow registry drive conducted by GenCure!

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IN COMPETITION for Best Documentary Feature

DIRECTOR/WRITER/CINEMATOGRAPHER/EDITOR: Jeff Chiba Stearns (in attendance)
PRODUCER: Ruth Vincent
FEATURING: Athena Mari Asklipiadis, Krissy Kobata, Imani Cornelius, Lenore Thawley, Alex Tung, Alexandria Taylor, Maya Chamberlin

LENGTH: 96 min
LANGUAGE: English
COUNTRY: Canada
GENRE: Documentary | Animation

2016 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival Audience Choice Award, Best Overall Feature
2016 Vancouver Asian Film Festival People’s Choice Award, Best Overall Feature
2017 CAAMFest Audience Award, Documentary Feature
2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Audience Award, North American Documentary Feature
2017 Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival Grand Jury Award, Best Documentary Feature
2017 Asian American Film Festival of Dallas Audience Award, Documentary/Special Jury Mention, Documentary Feature
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