Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media, has announced its lineup for the 2017 Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival. Outfest Fusion, the only multicultural LGBT film festival of its kind, will be held March 1-7 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Highland Park Cinema and various locations throughout Los Angeles.
Now in its 14th year, Outfest Fusion will include seven days of short and feature film screenings, filmmaker Q&As and networking events that celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community, followed by nine filmmaking workshops. Outfest Fusion is presented by HBO and supported by premiere sponsor Comcast NBCUniversal.
“It is fundamental to Outfest’s mission to create spaces where a multiplicity of voices can be heard and our varied experiences can be seen,” said Christopher Racster, Executive Director of Outfest. “Outfest Fusion does just that, sharing powerful stories, creating meaningful dialogue and affirming the voices that are usually at the margins. Outfest believes in the power of our stories to affirm our lives and create social change.”
Outfest Fusion 2017 will begin on Wednesday, March 1, with the world premiere of the hit Bawn TV web series “Cheetah in August.” On Friday, March 3 a special screening of Moonlight will be followed by a conversation about its impact on the community and the intersection of the black and LGBT experiences. Also playing that day is west coast premiere of the Cuban drama Santa Y Andres, the North American premiere of Cherry Pop and the world premiere of the web series’ “Brujos” and “Spectrum London.”
On Saturday, March 4, attendees will have a special sneak-peek of an unaired episode of the new Fox series, “Star,” followed by a discussion with creator Lee Daniels and stars Miss Lawrence, Brittany O’Grady, and Ryan Destiny. Following a screening of episodes of Netflix’s new “One Day at a Time,” executive producer Norman Lear, co-creators Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, writers Becky Mann and Michelle Badillo. and stars Justina Machado and Isabella Gomez will discuss the queer experience within the Cuban American culture. The night will end with the yearly Fusion Gala Shorts screening at the Egyptian, which boasts the world premiere of April A. Wilson’s Care, Ozzy Villazon’s, Get The Life and Ken Sawyer’s Private Dick: Buying Dick. On Sunday, March 5 a panel called In Living Color, moderated by Gil Robertson of the African-American Critics Association and Tre’vell Anderson of the Los Angeles Times will examine the media and portrayals of the QPOC community.
Additional screenings throughout the festival include The LatinX Files: Queer Shorts, a series of short films exploring LatinX identities; No Place Like Home: Queer Asian Shorts, five films illustrating the bonds of Asian families; Black Queer Magic: African Diaspora Shorts, a collection of black LGBTQ films from around the world; No Dress Code Required (Etiqueta No Rigurosa), which won The John Schlesinger Award at this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival; the Hindi drama Angry Indian Goddesses; 2016 LAFF Special Jury Prize for Comedy winner, Chee and T; the U.S. premiere of Apricot Groves by Iranian director Pouria Heidary Oureh; And Still We Rise, a documentary following the years-long resistance to the Anti-Homosexual Act in Uganda; and Out Run, a feature documentary about the world’s first LGBT political party as they fight for a congressional seat in the Philippines.
“We’re thrilled to be back with this year’s inclusive lineup of films and events that serve the mosaic of queer cultures that make up greater Los Angeles,” said Lucy Mukerjee-Brown, Outfest’s Director of Programming.
Outfest Fusion will also be hosting nine exciting workshops that will take place at various locations around Los Angeles. Led by queer filmmakers of color, topics that will be covered include virtual reality, finding your story, creating content and smartphone filmmaking. The interactive classes will be instructed by Suicide Kale star, Brittani Nichols, creators and executive producers of the TV series “The DL Chronicles,” Deondray and Quincy Gossfield LeNear, Spa Night’s Andrew Ahn, “Cheetah in August’s” creator and director Anthony Newsome-Bawn, Outfest UCLA Legacy Project manager Taylor Morales, filmmakers and educators Marla Ulloa and Nidhim Patel, writer-actor-producer Ean Weslynn and writer-director Barney Cheng.
Outfest Fusion rounds out with Fusion Finale on Tuesday, March 7, at the California African-American Museum for the One Minute Movie Contest with the theme “I Hope. I Fear,” where submissions will be screened and prizes awarded.