Outfest Fusion LGBTQ People of Color Film Festival

Outfest Fusion LGBTQ People of Color Film Festival
Presented by Showtime Networks
Friday, March 9 - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Tickets: outfest.org/fusion2018

The spirit of resistance is fertile ground for content creators. As a result, this year’s accomplished array of Outfest Fusion films represent the power and joy found within the QPOC diaspora, despite the current administration attempting to write us out of the Constitution. The theme of family is front and center across the entire lineup, revealing the universality of our LGBTQ experience, as these characters make peace with their gender identity and proudly express their sexuality while concurrently navigating their cultural individuality as well.

There is so much to experience this year. We kick off with the Fusion Gala on Friday, at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. We’ll be celebrating with an awards presentation, the Gala shorts program, and a wild live performance from Mykki Blanco at the afterparty in the courtyard. There is a full weekend of screenings at The Egyptian and TCL Chinese Theater, including two exclusive events: local comedy White Rabbit, fresh from its Sundance world premiere, and the Berlin Film Festival’s Shakedown, a hot new documentary about the legendary LA strip club run by and for queers of color.

Be the first to catch a pair of preview screenings: Mr Gay Syria and Evening Shadows, two new films that will go on to play at Outfest Los Angeles in July. We have encore screenings of your favorites from this past summer: Alaska Is A Drag, Boys For Sale, I Dream in Another Language (Sueño En Otro Idioma), Maybe Tomorrow, and Tamara. And we’re partnering with two local festivals to present Abu (LA Film Festival) and Small Talk (LA Asian Pacific Film Festival).

Check out new work from renegade artists Cheryl Dunye, Reina Gossett, and Thomas Allen Harris in the Whitney Museum’s visual collage Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings, and don’t miss our sneak peak of the must-see series America In Transition. The weekend ends with a provocative collection of shorts entitled Down-Low Love.

On Monday night, Fusion lands at a new venue, Plaza De La Raza, where Wilson Cruz will host an evening of hilarity and campy fun with Spain’s hottest new comedy Holy Camp!, followed by our LatinXplosive shorts program.

There is so much more to discover, so please take the time to explore the program. Our Fusion filmmaking workshops are back, led by Outfest alumni filmmakers ready to cultivate a new class of voices. And on Tuesday we close the festival at the beautiful California African American Museum where we’ll play all the submissions from the One Minute Movie Contest at the Fusion Finale Party. This year’s theme is “Keeping Silent / Speaking Truth.” We hope you’ll share your perspective and submit a one minute movie of your own.

As you can see, there is much to celebrate - come through and see for yourself!


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