Fusion Lab 2014
Outfest Fusion Lab 2014
Fusion Lab is generously supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.
MARCH 19 – April 19, 2014
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
Friday | March 21
7:30PM | TRUTH OR DARE | RSVP NOW
Saturday | March 22
Sunday | March 23
Wednesday | March 26
7:00PM| Storytelling Workshop: D’LO | RSVP NOW
Friday | March 28
7:30PM | COME CLOSER | RSVP NOW
Saturday | March 29
Sunday | March 30
Wednesday | April 2
7:00PM | Hollywood Zen Workshop: Taj Paxton | RSVP NOW
Friday | April 4
7:30PM | STICKS AND STONES (over 18) | RSVP NOW
Saturday | April 5
Sunday | April 6
5:30PM | COME CLOSER | RSVP NOW
Monday | April 7
7:00PM | Cinematography Workshop: Tari Segal | RSVP NOW
Wednesday | April 9
7:00PM | Writing Workshop: Alex Kondracke & George Reyes | RSVP NOW
Friday | April 11
7:30PM | TRUTH OR DARE | RSVP NOW
Saturday | April 12
Sunday | April 13
Friday | April 18
7:30PM | COME CLOSER | RSVP NOW
Saturday | April 19
7:00PM | One Minute Film Competition Screening | RSVP NOW
FUSION LAB FREE SCREENINGS
Seating is limited for screenings, workshops and workstations so reserve your space now! Register in advance for classes and screenings on EventBrite.com (search for Fusion Lab).
TRUTH OR DARE
MAKE A WISH
Dir: Cherien Dabis, 2006, 12 min
A young Palestinian girl will do whatever it takes to buy a birthday cake.
Dir: Edward Gunawan, 2008, 13 min
LAUNDROMAT follows a young couple who, after a chance encounter with an older man in a laundromat, realizes that the little things mean nothing and everything when it comes to love.
Dir: Tawana Briggs, Cassandra Padilla, Albert Payano, 2013, 7min
After Keith, a well-meaning dad, discovers a condom inside his gay teenage son’s room, the dreaded sex talk seems imminent.
Dir: Brian Krinsky, 2009, 16 min
Emo kids Israel and Louie walk around their east Los Angeles neighborhood dishing about their high school classmates.
Dir: Dino Dinco, 2008, 3 min
An intimate portrait of local educator and poet Joe Jimenez, shot on location in San Antonio, Texas.
Dir: Sanjay Chhugani, Casey Huynh, Viet Hoang 2013, 6 min
CASEY’S HOPE is about a Chinese-Vietnamese refugee woman finding her way to having a family of her own.
Dir: Lee Mi-rang, 2007, 20 min
Two sisters share a poignant moment of realization.
DL CHRONICLES – THE CHADWICK JOURNALS
Dir: Deondray Gossfield & Quincy LeNear Gossfield, 2011, 30 min
The Chadwick Journals explores lead character Chadwick Williams’ impetus for his chronicle of stories about men of color who lead double lives.
Dir: Andrew Ahn, 2011, 6 min
A six-year-old boy discovers what it means to be a man.
Dir: Aurora Guerrero, 2004, 11 min
The blossoming of a young Xicana poet following a heartbreaking traumatic experience.
Dir: Darius Monroe, 2011, 13 min
J bites off more than he can chew when he meets Karamu for casual sex.
Dir: Crescent Diamond, 2013, 24 min
Performance artist D’Lo shares the story of his transition, artistic process, and loving family.
Saturday | March 22 | 7:30pm | RSVP NOW
Dir: Tina Mabry, USA, 2009, 120 min
Alternately steeped in joy and despair, MISSISSIPPI DAMNED is a stark chronicle of the bravery inherent in hopelessness. In fact, writer-director Tina Mabry’s remarkably assured debut remains relentlessly uplifting even as it tracks the monumental struggles of an African-American family sunk into a quagmire of addiction, poverty and abuse. As the years pass and the disappointments mount, the characters still summon the courage to dream. Winner of the Outfest 2009 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature. In Person: Tina Mabry
STICKS AND STONES (18 and over)
DANI AND ALICE
Dir: Roberta Munroe, 2005, 12 min
It’s high time for these two ladies to reevaluate their relationship.
REMEMBER ME IN RED
Dir: Hector Ceballos, 2010, 16 min
When her best-friend dies, transgender Latina Fidelia Duval plans a funeral to pay homage to her friend Alma Flora’s life as a woman. Alma Flora’s parents arrive unexpectedly from Mexico and arrange to bury her as a man instead. Fidelia must find away to honor what would have been her friend’s wishes before it is too late.
Dir: Roberta Munroe, 2008, 15 min
Abigail wants a dildo. Hannah wants a baby. Jack and Madeleine are happy with things just the way they are.
THE YOUNG AND EVIL
Dir: Julian Breece, 2008, 15 min
A highly intelligent but troubled gay black teen sets out to seduce an HIV-positive prevention advocate into giving him the virus.
Dir: Melissa Osborne, Jeff McCutcheon, 2011, 23 min
A gay African-American teenager grapples with his young identity on the night Obama was elected president, and Proposition 8 – the voter initiative to eliminate same-sex marriage in California – passed.
Sunday | March 30 | 5:30pm | RSVP NOW
Dir: Marta Cunningham, USA, 2013, 89 min
When an eighth grade boy is shot twice at point-blank range by his Valentine crush, many, including the jurors, are quick to blame the victim rather than the aggressor. With a remarkable degree of clarity, Marta Cunningham’s riveting documentary investigates the roots of LGBT discrimination and bullying as well as the inherent flaws that keep true justice from being served. Winner of the 2013 NewFest Audience Award. In Person: Marta Cunningham
THE NEW BLACK
Saturday | April 5 | 8:00pm | RSVP NOW
Dir: Yoruba Richen, USA, 2013, 74 min
Much of the discussion after the passage of Prop 8 in California centered around African-American voters — but is the stereotype of the black community advocating religious-based homophobia a fair one? Filmmaker Yoruba Richen examines the tough questions about the intersections of the African-American, LGBT and faith-based communities, and explores how the struggle for queer equality parallels the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In Person: Kin Folkz
TRANSVISIBLE: THE BAMBY SALCEDO STORY
Saturday | April 12 | 7:30pm | RSVP NOW
Dir: Dante Alencastre, USA, 2013, 60 min
In English/Spanish with English subtitles An icon of L.A.’s transgender community, Latina activist Bamby Salcedo sparkles in Dante Alencastre’s candid documentary. Beginning with Bamby’s life on the drug-addled streets of Guadalajara and then journeying through her recovery and out-spoken activism, TRANSVISIBLE’s riveting one-on-one interviews reveal a selfless HIV advocate and tireless transgender community spokeswoman. (Her work at the Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles and as a coordinator for Angels of Change are just two of many notable causes.) Bamby’s story is one of inspiration and hope. In Person: Dante Alencastre and Bamby Salcedo
FREE Filmmaking Workshops at Fusion Lab in Leimert Park
Fusion Lab provides free classes in screenwriting, storytelling, directing, cinematography, editing, digital media storytelling and how to thrive as an artist. These classes are taught by Outfest Alumni filmmakers and are a great introduction to filmmaking. We encourage you to reserve a spot for classes in advance, although you are welcome to walk-up and attend on a space-available basis.
Saturday | March 22 | 1:00pm | RSVP NOW
Directing Actors Workshop with Doug Spearman
Working with actors — what every low-budget director needs to know. The relationship between actor and director can be fraught with all sorts of miscues, misunderstandings, and a lack of common dialogue. On low-budget features, where time and money create even more pressures and possibilities for misunderstandings, here’s how you can avoid it.
Doug Spearman’s career includes acting on Star Trek Voyager, The Drew Carey Show, The Hughleys, Charmed, America’s Most Wanted, Gideon’s Crossing, MAD TV, and Girlfriends. He’s best known for starring as Professor Chance Counter in the LOGO series, Noah’s Arc. Doug has also written, produced and directed more than 2,000 network television promos and trailers. In 2013 Doug directed his first feature film, HOT GUYS WITH GUNS to be released by Wolfe in April 2014.
Sunday | March 23 | 1:00pm | RSVP NOW
Writing Workshop with Lena Waithe
Identifying Your End Game “What’s your end game?” Some people don’t know, some people say a lot of different things, and very few people have something specific in mind. Whether you have just dreamed about writing or you have had work produced, I believe that the more specific you are about where you want to end up, the easier it is for the person sitting across from you to be of service. This workshop will be like sitting across from me at Starbucks – my goal is to help you come up with a great answer to my infamous.
Lena Waithe worked as writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s assistant during post-production on her feature film, The Secret Life of Bees. Waithe then penned a half-hour pilot about a writer who desperately wants to escape her diva mother’s shadow that landed her in FOX’s writing program. Her first staff-writing gig came when David Israel hired her to write on Nickelodeon’s How to Rock, and she was chosen as one of the honorees for the WGA Writers Access Project in 2012. Waithe helped produce Dear White People, which debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and the Special Jury Prize award for Breakthrough Talent. Her pilot Twenties, about three black girls trying to get their lives together, recently landed a pilot commitment at a cable network and will be in production later this year.
Wednesday | March 26 | 7:00pm | RSVP NOW
Storytelling Workshop: Exploring Solo-Based Performance with D’L
Public speaking is most people’s #1 fear. #2 is death. Folks would prefer to be in the casket at a funeral, than delivering the eulogy, I get it. Whether or not you consider yourself a writer or an actor, participants will write and perform after engaging in a series of creative exercises and conversations relating to their unique experience of identifying as queer.
D’Lo is a queer-transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor-writer-comedian. D’Lo has taught workshops for over 12 years and is the creator of the “Coming Out, Coming Home” writing workshop series which has taken place with South Asian and/or Immigrant Queer Organizations nationally. He is also an artistic core member of Teada Productions and on the board for Brown Boi Project. D’Lo’s poetry and short stories have been published in various anthologies and academic journals. His full-length stand-up storytelling show D’FunQT, which has toured internationally, will be coming to LA in 2014. He also appears in the new HBO series LOOKING as Taj, and in Mikki del Monico’s film ALTO.
Saturday | March 29 | 1:00pm | RSVP NOW
Use What Ya Got Filmmaking Workshop with Deondray Gossfield and Quincy LeNear Gossfield
How to make quality films with using only what you have available (i.e. your smartphone), and the editing software that comes bundled with them or the simplified online software. The course will be interactive with a crash course in storytelling, producing, camera operation, lighting techniques, editing and using social media distribution to get it seen.
Deondray and Quincy have produced, written, directed, and even acted their way all over town. They are the creators and executive producers of the GLAAD Award–winning TV series “The DL Chronicles” and the new series “The DL Chronicles RETURNS.” They have produced numerous reality TV shows, including SyFyl’s “Face Off,” ABC’s “The Family Dance Off”, Disney Channel’s “Shake it Up Dance Off,” NBC’s, “The Sing-Off” and MTV’s, “America’s Best Dance Crew.” They are currently writing and developing a feature film and in development on numerous scripted drama series and original reality TV series.
Sunday | March 30 | 1:00pm | RSVP NOW
Directing Workshop with Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Learn how to maximize your talent as a storyteller and make the most out of your resources. In this workshop you will learn how to approach a script and bring it to life, create a precise shot list, and get the best performance out of your actors.
Kyle Patrick Alvarez is a Los Angeles–based writer-director. His second feature film, C.O.G., premiered in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was the opening night film at Outfest 2013. Based on a short story by David Sedaris, the film stars Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare and Corey Stoll. It was then released in theaters through Focus Features and Screen Media. In 2010 his writing and directorial debut, Easier with Practice, won him the prestigious “Someone to Watch” Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Wednesday | April 2 | 7:00pm | RSVP NOW
Hollywood Zen: Staying Strong & Sane in a Tough Business, A Workshop with Taj Paxton
Hollywood Zen is a practical and philosophical approach to the business that teaches creative people how to win from within. It is based on the premise that creative people fuel the world, and in order to do so, they must be primed to operate at their highest levels, free from anxiety, fear, panic and constant worrying. It uses yoga, meditation, Eastern philosophy and a high dose of common sense. People who attend the seminar will receive tools they can use throughout their careers for a balanced approach to success that includes the standard rewards (money, power and access) plus clarity, focus and peace of mind.
Taj Paxton is a writer-producer in the 2nd act of a Hollywood career. She produced films and worked as a development executive and as a music manager before she began writing half-hour comedy and “lady-themed” features. Her comedy short, A Fat Girls Guide to Yoga, won NBC’s Short Cuts Award and was developed into a pilot. She is a former Outfest Board Member, Fusion Chair, and served as GLAAD’s Director of Entertainment Media. She holds teaching certifications from Yoga Works and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Since 2001, she has taught yoga and meditation to thousands of students. When she’s not writing, she advises brands (individual and companies) on how to use media to tell their story.
Saturday | April 5 | 1:00pm Sunday | April 13 | 1:00pm | RSVP NOW
Editing with Final Cut Pro Workshop
Whether you want to make a movie from start to finish, edit video, or just find out how to add titles to your opener, this tutorial can help you master this popular nonlinear editing tool. Learn to use Final Cut Pro to create a video, tell effective stories, correct color—even how to layer video. In this hands-on course, we’ll get you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut, from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects and finally exporting.
Monday | April 7 | 7:00pm | RSVP NOW
Cinematography Workshop with Tari Segal
Focused on the art and craft of visual storytelling, learn how to move an audience with visual interpretation of the narrative. This workshop will teach you the ins and outs of shooting your film, different styles of shooting, and basic techniques to add dramatic effects to your story by approaching a scene through the eyes of the lens. Whether you are a director, budding camera operator or just interested in how cinematography shapes and expresses film, come explore the visual world of film.
With a degree in cinematography from Columbia College Tari relocated to Los Angeles where she interned on the Oscar-nominated SIDEWAYS. Soon after, she continued as Director of Photography on numerous shorts, music videos, independent feature films and has also operated on studio pictures such as ROCK OF AGES, THIS IS 40, and NEBRASKA for her mentor, Phedon Papamichael, the Oscar nominated cinematographer of NEBRASKA.
Wednesday | April 9 | 7:00pm | RSVP NOW
Writing Workshop with Alex Kondracke and George Reyes
A creative take on approaching your script, stories and writing with no limitations. Alex and George will take you on a journey of digging into the heart of the stories you want to tell and how to get them onto the page. Bring your notebooks and pens, you will do intensive writing in the workshop!
Alex She is known for her work on HBO’s HUNG and Showtime’s THE L WORD as writer/producer. George Reyes attended Harvard University (AB 1994) and New York University’s graduate film program. His just completed his first feature length documentary, La Muñeca Fea (The Ugly Doll), is a documentary about elderly sex workers in Mexico City, co-directed with Claudia Lopez. The film has been awarded the Creative Promise Award by Tribeca All Access and the Elizabeth Peña Award through Film Independent in Los Angeles. The film is scheduled to premiere in 2014.
Saturday | April 12 | 1:00pm | RSVP NOW
Tabletop Moviemaking: Storytelling in Miniature with Brick Maier
In this workshop, participants will be able to write, build, shoot, edit and share short movies they created. By using a diorama set and characters, Tabletop Moviemaking scales down the production process and shortens the time it takes to make a movie. The workshop will end with a screening of the rough-cut short films.
Brick Maier is the creator of Tabletop Moviemaking, a diorama approach to filmmaking with paper characters and settings that draws on the rich historical tradition of paper theater. He developed his method through a Fulbright fellowship in Ireland, where he researched simple moviemaking techniques and their potential for fostering literacy in marginalized communities. Today, Brick works closely with two non-profits focused on reading and writing, Young Storytellers Foundation and 826LA, and has taught at the Hammer Museum, LA Opera and many Los Angeles schools.
ONE-MINUTE FILM CONTEST
Hosted by Deondray Gossfield and Quincy LeNear Gossfield
THE CHALLENGE: MAKE A FILM THAT IS ONE MINUTE OR LESS
Don’t know how to make a film or need some guidance? Come take free workshops at the Fusion Lab on writing, directing, editing!
CHOOSE YOUR CATEGORY
There are two categories for this competition:
1. A short film with the theme “LOVE is…”
2. A short film with the theme “HATE is…”
Registration is OPEN online from March 14 until April 14 on our website at Outfest.org (under Fusion Lab). One submission per category (total submissions for this competition are capped at 50).
1. Write a one page script, treatment or flurry of images that you are going to shoot or edit together that represents what either “Love is…” or “Hate is…” means to you.
2. Use your smartphone, camera or rent our Fusion Lab cameras for FREE to shoot your film or collect your images.
3. Edit your film or come use our Final Cut Pro stations at the Fusion Lab.
4. Every project MUST be 1 minute or less.
Submit your high res .mov file of your film to us by Tuesday, April 15 at midnight.
We screen your film at Fusion Lab on Saturday, April 19.
RSVP TO THE SCREENING NOW
1. $100 prize for the best LOVE film and for the best HATE film.
2. A 2014 Outfest Los Angeles Producer Level Membership for the Audience Choice Award.
Anyone can walk into the Fusion Lab and make a film! We have two cameras that are available for a one-day rental. The cameras are Canon VIXIA HFR21 HD Camcorders. All you need is a valid driver’s license or state ID and you can rent the camera for a 24 hour period (possibly longer based on availability).
Final Cut Pro Editing Stations
We have desktop iMacs loaded with Final Cut Pro 7 that you can sign up to use to cut and edit your film during Fusion Lab operating hours.
Fusion Lab is open:
Wednesdays/Thursday/Fridays 3:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturdays 12:00PM – 9:00PM
Sundays 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Hours and programs are subject to change.
4343 S. Leimert Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Welcome to Fusion Lab – a pop-up shop style micro-cinema and media lab in Leimert Park, Los Angeles that is open from March 19 – April 19. All programs are free and open to the public.
Anyone can participate in film screenings and discussions of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) movies. Many of the films are made by local filmmakers who will be available after the screening for a conversation about their work.
Learn about Filmmaking!
Anyone can participate in filmmaking workshops taught by Outfest alumni. Workshop topics include: storytelling, directing, cinematography, editing, animation and working in the film industry.
Anyone can walk into Fusion Lab and make a film! We have two cameras that are available for 24-hour rental periods and two editing stations with Final Cut Pro and assistants who can help with your edit. Seating is limited for screenings, workshops and workstations so reserve your space now! Register in advance for classes and screenings on EventBrite.com (search for Fusion Lab).
Fusion Lab is open March 19 – April 19
Wednesdays/Thursdays/Fridays 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturdays 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Sundays 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Hours and programs are subject to change.
Fusion Lab is generously supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.