Private Project

Mixed Match

Mixed Match is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with a seemingly impossible search to find bone marrow donors, all while exploring what role race plays in medicine. With the multiracial community becoming one of the fastest growing demographics in North America, being mixed race is no longer just about an identity, it can be a matter of life and death.

  • Jeff Chiba Stearns
    One Big Hapa Family, Yellow Sticky Notes, "What Are You Anyways?", Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam, The Horror of Kindergarten, Cats, Kip and Kyle, Ode to a Post-it Note
  • Jeff Chiba Stearns
    One Big Hapa Family, Yellow Sticky Notes, "What Are You Anyways?", Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam, The Horror of Kindergarten, Cats, Kip and Kyle, Ode to a Post-it Note
  • Jeff Chiba Stearns
    One Big Hapa Family, Yellow Sticky Notes, "What Are You Anyways?", Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam, The Horror of Kindergarten, Cats, Kip and Kyle, Ode to a Post-it Note
  • Ruth Vincent
    One Big Hapa Family, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam
  • Genevieve Vincent
    One Big Hapa Family, Yellow Sticky Notes
  • Jeff Chiba Stearns
    One Big Hapa Family, Yellow Sticky Notes
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 36 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, United States
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    DSLR, Digital
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  • 35th Vancouver International Film Festival
    October 4, 2016
  • 36th Hawaii International Film Festival
    United States
    November 11, 2016
  • 20th Vancouver Asian Film Festival
    November 4, 2016
    National Bank People’s Choice Award, Best Overall Feature
  • 20th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
    November 15, 2016
    Audience Choice Award, Best Overall Feature
  • 9th Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
    United States
    November 19, 2016
    East Coast
  • 17th San Diego Asian Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    November 6, 2016
    Runner-up Audience Award
  • 23rd Victoria Film Festival
    February 3, 2017
  • 33th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 29, 2017
    Audience Award – North American Documentary Feature, Nominated Best Feature-Length Documentary
  • 35th CAAMFest
    San Francisco
    United States
    March 12, 2017
    Bay Area
    Audience Award - Documentary
  • 41th Cleveland International Film Festival
    United States
    March 30, 2017
  • 19th Spokane International Film Festival
    United States
    January 28, 2017
    Best of the Northwest Feature Award
  • 18th Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach
    United Kingdom
    April 23, 2017
  • 12th DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon
    United States
    April 22, 2017
  • 36th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
    Minneapolis / St. Paul
    United States
    April 15, 2017
  • Seattle Asian American Film Festival
    United States
    February 24, 2017
  • Powell River Film Festival
    Powell River
    February 17, 2017
  • 18th The Roxbury International Film Festival
    United States
    June 25, 2017
    Boston Premiere
  • "CayFilm” Cayman Islands International Film Festival
    George Town
    Cayman Islands
    July 1, 2017
    Caribbean Premiere
  • 14th Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival
    United States
    June 3, 2017
    Texas Premiere
    Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature Film
  • 8th Chagrin Documentary Festival
    Chagrin Falls
    United States
    October 4, 2017
  • 16th Asian Film Festival of Dallas
    United States
    July 16, 2017
    Dallas Premiere
    Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary and Special Jury Mention
  • 40th Asian American International Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    July 29, 2017
    New York Premiere
  • 26th Heartland Film Festival
    United States
    October 12, 2017
    Indiana Premiere
Director Biography - Jeff Chiba Stearns

Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy® nominated and Webby award winning animation and documentary filmmaker. After graduating from the Emily Carr University with a degree in Film Animation, he founded Vancouver based boutique animation studio Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. in 2001. From animated viral video ads and broadcast commercials for companies like Sharpie, 3M and Post-it Note, to short and feature films like “What Are You Anyways?” (2005), Yellow Sticky Notes (2007), One Big Hapa Family (2010), Ode to a Post-it Note (2010) and Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam (2013), Jeff’s work has broadcast around the world, screened in hundreds of international film festivals and garnered over 30 awards. Mixed Match is Jeff’s second feature length documentary.

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Director Statement

DIRECTOR STATEMENT As a filmmaker of multiethnic descent, a mix of Japanese, British, Scottish, Russian, and German, this documentary is very personal to me and my connection to the subject matter is of extreme significance. I was unaware of the medical issues involving people of mixed heritage until eight years ago when I was asked by a friend to join the Canadian bone marrow registry. My friend, who was a cancer survivor himself, was seeking out people of mixed Asian heritage to help save the life of a young, mixed Chinese/Caucasian man named James Erlandsen living in Vancouver who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Since I did not fully comprehend the significance of why people of mixed heritage were needed to join the marrow donor registry, I didn’t join.

I strongly believe that in order to progress through life, people should constantly be questioning who they are. Thus, identity plays a very important role in my writing and filmmaking. In my documentary, Mixed Match, I hope to help these patients and their families express their own unique stories and explore identity through the medical challenges faced by being mixed race.