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Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival

Presented by HBO

MARCH 14-16, 2014

 


SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE


FRIDAY, MARCH 14

7:15pm – WHAT IT WAS (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

7:30pm – FUSION OPENING NIGHT – BLACKBIRD (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)

9:30pm – GAY LATINO LA: COMING OF AGE (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

10:00pm – SH*TS & GIGGLES – shorts program with live performance from Raneir Pollard (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)

SATURDAY, MARCH 15

2:00pm – FIGHT THE POWER – shorts program (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

4:00pm – NO I.D. REQUIRED- shorts program (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

6:00pm – WHITE NIGHT (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

6:00pm – PINK IS THE NEW BLACK – shorts program (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)

8:30pm – FUSION GALA & FUSION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PRESENTATION: ALEC MAPA:BABY DADDY  (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)

SUNDAY, MARCH 16

1:00pm – TRIBUTE TO REV. BOBBIE JEAN BAKER FEATURING THE BELIEVERS (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

1:30pm – OUTSET SHORTS – shorts program (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)


FILM SCHEDULE


FRIDAY, MARCH 14

7:30pm, Egyptian Theatre (Rigler)
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FUSION OPENING NIGHT  – BLACKBIRD

Dir: Patrik-Ian Polk, 2013, 102 min

A high school senior named Randy (Newcomer Julian Walker) and his band of queer friends fight for a life outside the constrictions of their small Southern town in the powerful Blackbird. Co-starring Academy Award winner Mo’nique (Precious) and Gotham Award nominee Isaiah Washington (Blue Caprice), the film unearths firsthand the rewards and consequences of growing up as outsiders. We’re reminded that being a teenager is always hard, be it black, white, gay or straight, even when life tells you being young should be carefree and easy.  Its ensemble of young actors make an impact, as do Mo’nique and Washington as Randy’s conflicted parents.

Pre-Reception in the loby hosted by Absolut and Stella Artois from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.


10:00pm, Egyptian Theatre (Rigler)
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SH*TS & GIGGLES, 78 min

Satiric, playful and downright sexy this carefully crafted selection of LGBT shorts takes on a myriad of stereotypes and dilemmas with grace and humor plus a live performance by Los Angeles stand-up comic Raneir Pollard (“Pride Comedy Jam”, “Tosh.0”!) Collaboration with Craig Rose’s Sweet T Sundays.

CUKI
Dir: Eduardo del Omo, 2013, 4 min
A Thai doll-maker is a legend in his own mind in this fun, inquisitive film that plays like an outrageous collaboration between Henry Selick and Charlie Kaufman.

ONE-NIGHT STAND
Dir: Ryan Logan, 2013, 6 min
Two women on a comic collision course — a bride-to-be and a sexy biker with a bad habit — learn after their one-night stand that, sometimes, you wind up with more than you bargained for.

SQUARED
Dir: Hieu Tran, 2013, 15 min
A hookup turns competitive when two guys discover they’re both tops and take drastic measures to determine which one will “win,” in this lighthearted look at our own stereotypes and the roles we play every day.

WOOF
Dir: Rich Yap, 2014, 4 min
When a guy gets unexpectedly cruised while walking through a park, he’s in for a trick and a treat with a horror-filled surprise.

FIRST BAPTIST
Dir: Nedra McClyde, Jamund Washington, 2013, 20 min
In this brilliant, dead-on satire, a young man’s dream of being the lead in his church’s ramshackle choir is thwarted when his older brother, the choir’s director, realizes his little brother is gay.

RANEIR POLLARD
Live Performance, 15 min
Raneir Pollard has appeared around the county as a stand-up comic and improv performer. In 2012, he was selected to participate in the NBC Stand Up for Diversity College Tour, and later at the American Black Film Festival. You’ve seen him on Showtime’s “Pride Comedy Jam” and Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0,” and he has appeared at L.A.’s hottest comedy venues, including The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, Flappers Comedy Club, The Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory.


7:15pm, Egyptian Theatre (Spielberg)
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WHAT IT WAS

Dir: Daniel Armando, 2013, 86 min

In director Daniel Armando’s multilayered film, Adina, a successful Latina actress, returns to New York in the aftermath of the death of her sister and the collapse of her marriage. Unable to face her mother, she finds herself in a fog, drifting through her days. Memories dissolve into the present as she tumbles through a series of intense, complex connections with a sexy, butch body artist, a young college student, and a former girlfriend. With confident directing, assured performances, and intuitive editing and cinematography, WHAT IT WAS masterfully conveys the emotional textures of Adina’s waking dream of a life.

Plus Short:
THE DEVOTION PROJECT: FOREMOST IN MY MIND
Dir. Antony Osso, 2013, 10 min
Two beautiful African American women share the story of how they met and fell in love later in life.


9:30pm, Egyptian Theatre (Spielberg)
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GAY LATINO LA: COMING OF AGE

Dir: Jonathan Menendez, 2012, 78 min

In Los Angeles, a city where dreams are born (and sometimes achieved), three young men come of age as gay Latinos. From different backgrounds, each struggles with family issues, cultural expectations and religious beliefs. Brian, a Salvadoran educated at Berkeley, covets a better world for him and others, but lacks the self-confidence to take action. Alex, born in Mexico, desires a better life and an education, but his dreams are compromised by being undocumented. Carlos, a Chicano homeboy, is caught in a self-destructive lifestyle that numbs the loneliness and pain of feeling unable to come out to his family. Director Jonathan Menendez takes us on a gripping journey as the three young men deal with the realities of being gay and Latino in L.A. Despite their internal conflicts with religion and dealing with family abandonment in a culture of hypermasculinity, they find self-acceptance and care as they come of age in the City of Angels.


FILM SCHEDULE


SATURDAY, MARCH 15

2:00pm, Egyptian Theatre (Spielberg)
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FIGHT THE POWER, 76 min

As many parts of the world refuse to grant their LGBT citizens equality, FIGHT THE POWER demonstrates – in five exceptional films spanning the globe – selfless individuals fighting for gay rights in communities and cultures, from Africa to the United States, bogged down by prejudice and abuse.

AL-BASIR
Dir. Omar Hakim, 2013, 11 min
A gay Arab lawyer who defends Muslims against racial profiling finds that his work brings him under government surveillance — but it’s his personal, not professional, secrets that threaten his well-being.

CITY OF THE DAMNED
Dir. Nate Skeen, Matt Rogers, Mor Albalak, Shaneika Lai, Stephanie Lincoln, 2013, 16 min
The Youth on Rock Foundation uses its voice and business acumen to fight Uganda’s anti-gay legislature, attempting great change while exposing itself to great risk in a country notorious for its attempts to repress its LGBT citizens.

FIGHTING FOR AIR
Dir. Fatima Mawas, 2011, 9 min
A young Australian Muslim girl has a secret passion – an all-female fight club.

AL NISA: BLACK MUSLIM WOMEN IN ATLANTA’S GAY MECCA
Dir. Red Summer, 2013, 10 min
This groundbreaking slice-of-life portrait of Atlanta’s Black Muslim lesbians – some shrouded in hijab and others in sweats – uncovers a hidden world within the city known as America’s “Black mecca.”

GHOST SYNDROME
Dir. Rita Piffer, 2013, 8 min
A Moroccan lesbian seeks comfort between two cultures – the one she left behind and her new one in the United States – in a film drawing from the music video tradition that reminds us that even silence has its song.

EYES THAT DO NOT SEE
Dir. Patricia Ovando, 2013, 18min
For a young Latina lesbian, turning 15 means having a quinceañera party, putting her at war with her mother, in a film that gives solace to anyone who may live at home while hardly being “at home” within it.

KUHANI
Dir. Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, 2013, 7 min
An African priest wrestles with both his conscience and how to save the lives and souls of his community in a film directed by acclaimed photographer Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine that screened to sold-out audiences at Slamdance 2014.


4:00pm, Egyptian Theatre (Spielberg)
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NO I.D. REQUIRED , 84 min

Childhood and adolescence can be bitter pills to swallow, especially when confronting racial identity and gender identity, and climbing up the hill of sexual discovery. These touching, poignant shorts capture the essence of the revelation, evolution and angst of youth as seen through the eyes of precocious girls both small and tall, two confused boys, and a trans teen.

PUI
Dir. Rujiroj Thanasankittiwat, 2013, 8 min
A short and sweet glimpse into the life of a little girl forced to live within the confines of her mother’s idea of femininity.

LE RETOUR
Dir. Yohann Kouam, 2013, 20 min
Set in France, this beautiful coming-of-age story depicts an adolescent who stumbles upon the truth about his beloved older brother, then attempts to return to the life he once knew.

BIG TIME
Dir: Sonali Gulati, 2013, 10 min
Depicted through the diary entries of a young Indian girl, this short explores what really lies beneath her relationship with her best friend.

YOU’RE DEAD TO ME
Dir: Wu Tsang, 2013, 13 min
A mother comes to terms with her choice to turn her back on her trans-daughter.

PUPPY DREAMS
Dir: Alex Delyle, 2012, 9 min
A socially outcast tomboy is forced to come out of her shell and face the world when she is stricken with mono.

BOUNTY
Dir: Finbarr Wilbrink, 2013, 24 min
A hilarious look at a young African-American teen’s quest for his identity as it exists both within and beyond the confines of his Caucasian home.


6:00pm, Egyptian Theatre (Spielberg)
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WHITE NIGHT

Dir: LEESONG Hee-il, 2012, 75 min

After a two-year absence, flight attendant Won-Gyu (Won Tae-Hee) finds himself back at home but still dealing with the painful incident that made him flee the country. Following an awkward reunion with his ex, Won-Gyu seeks a one-night stand, eventually pairing up with motorcycle courier Tae-Jun (Yi Yi-kyung). Won-Gyu steals Tae-Jun’s keys to force him to stay, and the two explore each other’s deepest wounds (both physical and psychic) over the course of one unforgettable, erotically-charged evening.

PLUS SHORT:
WC
Dir: Ashton Pina, 2013, 5 min
The public restroom at an A train subway station serves as a naughty playground for two sexy and daring night-dwellers.


6:00pm, Egyptian Theatre (Rigler)
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PINK IS THE NEW BLACK, 88 min

Sugar marries spice in our latest collection of Fusion shorts, celebrating all the glorious facets of girl-loving ladies. Whether it’s a disapproving parent with a dirty little secret of her own, the art of staring down a bar full of dyke-hating punks, or simply accepting that you’re really in love with the girl next door, these fierce creatures fearlessly challenge the perception of pretty in pink.

HECTOR: LOST SOULS WITH SWITCHBLADES
Dir: Jeff Compton, 2013, 15 min
A hot and reckless Latino Boi drowning his sorrows over the woman he loves finds himself in a bar brawl that has spilled out to the streets of East L.A.

DYKE CENTRAL: TABOO
Dir: Florencia Manovil, 2014, 23 min
Game Night at Dyke Central quickly turns to Fight Night when a group of Bay Area lesbians let their hair down and uncork buried secrets.

SECRETS AND TOYS
Dir: Quentin Lee, 2013, 12 min
In this sexy, fun and whimsical romp about the balance of familial expectations and sexual liberation, secrets are exposed and identities are revealed in the last places you’d ever expect.

HERO MARS
Dir: Skyler Cooper, 2013, 24 min
In this fascinating view into the life of a gender ambiguous actor, Hero Mars struggles to confront blatant ignorance and hostility in the pursuit of a successful acting career.

FOR HER
Dir: Samantha Colicchio, 2013, 15 min
Grad student Grace hopes to stifle her sexual attraction to her hot yoga-loving neighbor by sleeping with men, but she quickly discovers that life’s biggest lessons are often learned outside the classroom.


8:30pm, Egyptian Theatre (Rigler)
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FUSION GALA

Join us for the gala event of the festival. The night includes a special award presentation to Alec Mapa and the screening of his new documentary – Alec Mapa:Baby Daddy. Once the film ends the party begins. Grab a hosted cocktail and a bite to eat under the stars in the courtyard of the Egyptian Theater. You won’t be able to stop your hips from moving to the sounds of the DJ. It’s a night to meet new friends and celebrate.

ALEC MAPA: BABY DADDY
Dir: Andrea James, 2013, 78 min

You know Alec Mapa, acclaimed actor (“Switched at Birth”,“Ugly Betty”) and stand-up comedian, but in his hilarious new performance film (shot at the Renberg Theatre), you’ll meet ALEC MAPA: BABY DADDY. What happens when two gay men tackle the challenge of parenthood by adopting a young son? You’ll laugh and even cry a little as the outrageously funny Mapa — accompanied by his family, who appear in behind-the-scenes documentary footage — takes the audience on a roller-coaster ride of the challenges, disasters and, occasionally, triumphs of becoming a dad. Contains adult language and catastrophic waffles.

Outfest Fusion 2014 Achievement Award – Alec Mapa

“America’s Gaysian Sweetheart” Alec Mapa is everywhere at once, keeping busy in all imaginable media. After gaining attention in the acclaimed Broadway production of David Henry Hwang’s “M. Butterfly,” Mapa became one of the small screen’s busiest stars, first as the first gay Asian series regular in TV history on “Some of My Best Friends,” followed by stints on “Half and Half,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Ugly Betty.” His appearances in  CONNIE AND CARLA, MARLEY AND ME and YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN, and as a stand-up comic, have entertained audiences around the world. But perhaps his most notable accomplishment is his parenting of adoptive son Zion with his partner Jamison Hebert. Their family has become an inspiration to adoptive parents nationwide, and Mapa’s experiences form the basis of his hilarious new performance film ALEC MAPA: BABY DADDY. Mixing life stories with his signature brand of sass, this new movie celebrates both Mapa the performer and Mapa the papa. Long may he shine at both gigs. Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”) will present the award.


FILM SCHEDULE


SUNDAY, MARCH 16

1:00pm Egyptian Theatre (Spielberg)
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TRIBUTE TO REV. BOBBIE JEAN BAKER FEATURING THE BELIEVERS

Dir: Todd Holland, 2007, 86 min

Built around the world’s first transgender gospel choir, the film portrays the choir’s dilemma of how to reconcile their gender identity with the widespread belief that changing one’s gender goes against the word of God. Winner of the Frameline 30 Audience Award for Best Documentary

PLUS SHORTS:
JO
Dir: April Wilson, 2013, 6 min
A transman braves a necessary but invasive medical procedure.

TRANS *MARCH
Dir: Simon Schultz von Dratzig, 2013, 6min
This short documentary is a collection of queer voices recorded at the 2013 trans*march – the most political of the three trans marches during Pride Week in San Francisco.


1:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
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OUTSET SHORTS

Outfest is thrilled to present OutSet, the Young Filmmakers Project from LifeWorks and Outfest. OutSet, now in its third year, was created to empower and educate LGBTQ young people to tell their stories through film. A new crop – sixteen fellows between 16–24 years old – participated in a three-month filmmaking lab led by industry professionals and mentored by Outfest Alumni Filmmakers. Don’t miss the inspiring screening of five short films written, produced and directed by a new generation of storytellers: the 2014 graduates of OutSet.

GAY OVER
Fellows:  Jimbo Bowen, Ronja Jansz and Toni Sandoval
OutSet Mentor:  Allan Brocka

MY MOTHERS ORPHAN
Fellows: Ki Mcleod, Melissa Perez and Frank Sanchez
OutSet Mentor:  Carlos Portugal

CALAVERA
Fellows: Saul Moralez, Rolando Rodriguez and Yadira Tellechea
OutSet Mentor:  Jenn Garrison

CAFE au LAIT
Fellows: Brandy Silva, Nkechi Ubabuike and Leiana Valenzuela
OutSet Mentor:  Chiedu Egbuniwe

GIDEON’S CROSS
Fellows: Trevor Pop, Ray Martinez, Jenise Whitehead and Damone Williams
OutSet Mentor:  Deondray Gossett and Quincy Le Near


VENUES


The Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Recommended Parking: Numerous parking lots in the neighborhood, prices range from $8 – $15.

Public Transportation: Take the Red Line to Hollywood/Highland. Walk one block east.


TICKETS

Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com or by clicking on “Buy Tickets” under each program in the Film Schedule.


Gala Tickets (include screening and after-party)

  • General: $25
  • Members of Outfest and Community Collaborators: $22
  • Youth age 21 and under: FREE (see Youth Membership below)

Screenings

  • General: $10
  • Members of Outfest and Community Collaborators: $7
  • Youth age 21 and under: FREE (see Youth Membership below)

Special Offer

The following special offers are available only through purchases made by phone at 213-480-7088 or at the Box Office during the festival.

  • Fusion 2fer: $30 ($5 savings)
    • Buy one (1) ticket to the Fusion Gala and select a ticket to another Fusion general screening in the Rigler Theater (excludes the Gala)

Free Youth Membership

  • For free youth tickets via Outfest Youth Membership please call our offices at 213-480-7044 to sign up for a FREE youth membership (21 and under). Membership required to redeem ticket offer.

InFusion

  • Apply to participate in InFusion – a symposium led by industry professionals for emerging writers, directors, and producers focused on LGBT People of color, presented by NBCUniversal.

Fusion Lab

  • Fusion Lab is a pop-up shop style micro-cinema and media lab in Leimert Park, open from March 19 – April 19. Supported by a grant from the Irvine Foundation, Fusion lab hosts screenings, filmmaking workshops taught by Outfest alumni, and workstations with cameras and editing software. Location and schedule of films and classes to be announced by March 1.

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STAFF & COLLABORATORS


Outfest Fusion is grateful for community organizations that are partnering with us to get the word out about the film festival. A full list of staff and Community Collaborators will be announced on February 28.