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OUTFEST ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR 2015 OUTFEST FUSION LGBT PEOPLE OF COLOR FILM FESTIVAL

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LOS ANGELES, CA (February 26, 2015) – 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 2015 Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival. Now in its 12th year, Outfest Fusion is the only multicultural LGBT film festival of its kind and will be held March 13th – 14th at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Outfest Fusion is presented by HBO and is supported by NBCUniversal and Nielsen.

Writer, Director and Producer Rose Troche (Go Fish, The Safety of Objects, “The L Word”) will receive the 2015 Fusion Achievement Award, which will be presented by the stars of “The L Word” prior to the Fusion Gala Short Films on Saturday, March 14.

“We are truly thrilled to honor the prolific and groundbreaking Rose Troche with the 2015 Fusion Achievement Award,” says Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest. “Her contribution to storytelling and filmmaking for the past two decades is full of intelligent characters and authentic representations of our community. Rose is one of the most powerful voices we have, and she embodies the very spirit of Outfest Fusion.”

2015 Outfest Fusion will open on Friday, March 13th with a new digitally restored print of Paris Is Burning courtesy of the Sundance Institute, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, followed by the romantic comedy Eat With Me. This year’s Outfest Fusion line-up also boasts the Worldwide Premiere of Bamby Salcedo’s Ascendance: Angels Of Change about the Trans youth group she runs at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; and the US Premiere of Stories of Our Lives from Kenya, which just played the Berlin Film Festival.

Fresh off its win at the Independent Spirit Awards is a special screening of Dear White People coupled with a Q&A with its filmmakers.  Also playing is The Year We Thought About Love, a documentary that follows an LGBT youth theater troupe in Boston.  The program is rounded out by an encore screening of I Am Happiness On Earth, and a thought-provoking selection of Documentary Shorts entitled Truth Be Told.

“It was a joy to curate 2015 Outfest Fusion in my new role,” said Lucy Mukerjee-Brown, Outfest’s Director of Programming, “This year’s films are about telling your truth – a theme that runs through our entire line-up. Come to Outfest Fusion to discover crowd-pleasing, stimulating films and enjoy the diversity, both onscreen and within our community.”

For complete listings and to purchase tickets, log on to www.Outfest.org/fusion2015 or call 213-480-7088. 2015 Outfest Fusion Presenting Sponsor is HBO and the Premiere Sponsor is NBCUniversal.

Outfest Fusion is also excited to be hosting a two-week workshop facility – Fusion Lab – in the heart of Koreatown. Fusion Lab provides free classes in screenwriting, storytelling, cinematography, editing and directing. These classes are taught by Outfest Alumni filmmakers and are a wonderful way to be introduced to the world of filmmaking. This year’s exceptional instructors are Angela Robinson, D’Lo, Doug Spearman, Alex Kondracke and George Reyes, and Jamie Renee Williams. The Fusion Lab Workshops are FREE and for all ages. We encourage reserving a spot in advance for these highly anticipated classes, though you are able to walk-up and attend on a space-available basis. For the complete Fusion Lab schedule and to sign up for classes, go to www.Outfest.org/fusion2015 and select the Fusion Lab tab.

ABOUT OUTFEST

Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the world’s leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers, and protected more than 35,000 LGBT films and videos. Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival spotlights the diversity of the LGBT community.

ABOUT ROSE TROCHE

It’s impossible to imagine the last two decades of LGBT film and television without the contributions of Rose Troche, whose work as a writer, director and producer has given audiences everywhere a uniquely intelligent and witty perspective on queer life. Troche, a native of Puerto Rico, burst on the scene in 1994 with the hilarious and paradigm-shifting GO FISH. Produced on a shoestring budget by Troche (who also directed and co-wrote with the film’s star, Guinevere Turner), this scrappy comedy made a splash at Sundance before enchanting audiences worldwide with a smart and sexy look at lesbian life — featuring a multicultural cast without making a big deal about it — that was unlike anything the movies had previously created. Subsequent projects like the hilarious BEDROOMS AND HALLWAYS, the moving THE SAFETY OF OBJECTS, the provocative CONCUSSION (Troche produced Stacie Passon’s acclaimed directorial debut) have enhanced her reputation as one of this generation’s most passionate and important filmmakers. And as one of the key architects of Showtime’s influential THE L WORD, as well as her work with POV and the acclaimed (and queer-inclusive) teen drama SOUTH OF NOWHERE, her influence has extended into television and new media as well.