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Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival

Presented by HBO

MARCH 13-14, 2015


SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE


FRIDAY, MARCH 13

7:00pm – EXCLUSIVE TELEVISION EVENT: EMPIRE (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)

7:30pm – STORIES OF OUR LIVES (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

9:00pm – PARIS IS BURNING – New Digital Restoration! (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)

9:30pm – DEAR WHITE PEOPLE (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

SATURDAY, MARCH 14

2:00pm – THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

3:00pm – EAT WITH ME (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)

4:00pm – I AM HAPPINESS ON EARTH (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

5:00pm – ASCENDANCE: ANGELS OF CHANGE (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)

6:00pm – DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

8:00pm – FUSION GALA & ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PRESENTATION (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)


FILM SCHEDULE


FRIDAY, MARCH 13

7:00pm, Egyptian Theatre (Rigler)
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EXCLUSIVE TELEVISION EVENT: EMPIRE

A screening of an upcoming episode of Empire followed by Q/A with the show’s producers.


7:30pm, Egyptian Theatre (Spielberg)
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STORIES OF OUR LIVES

Dir. Jim ChuChu, 2014, 60 min

Members of the multi-disciplinary art collective The NEST spent several months travelling Kenya collecting stories of young LGBTI people – stories about their experiences and their lives in a country that is still extremely homophobic. Based on countless anonymous interviews, they developed five screenplays for short films which provide an insight into the current situation and the problems of these sexually marginalized young people. These short, unadorned scenes are presented by director Jim Chuchu in crisp, poetic black-and-white images and accompanied by a measured soundtrack. The episodes, which address topics such as the search for identity and self-determination, enforced heterosexualisation and the struggle for acceptance, have one thing in common: they all describe the need for love and the fear of fulfilling this love openly. Time and again, their fears prompt the question: it is better to hide away, resign oneself to the situation and leave the country, or to stay and fight openly for sexual diversity? In spite of the film being banned from public screenings in Kenya, the members of The NEST have opted for the latter and are determined to continue their struggle for recognition.

Plus Short:

ABAN + KHORSHID

Dir. Darwin Serink, 2013, 15 min
Inspired by true events, Aban & Khorshid is an intimate portrait of two lovers, glimpsing into the world in which they met, moments before their execution for being gay.


9:00pm, Egyptian Theatre (Rigler)
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PARIS IS BURNING – New Digital Restoration!

Dir. Jennie Livingston, 1990, 102 min

Legendary Children, Butch Queens and Banjee Girls, make your way to the floor! A groundbreaking film when it won the 1991 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, PARIS IS BURNING has gone on to become a cultural touchstone, influencing gay icons from Madonna to RuPaul to Tyra Banks. Presented in a new restoration from the Sundance Institute, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Outfest Legacy Project and Miramax — you’ve never seen Jennie Livingston’s film in its proper aspect ratio until now — this exploration of New York City’s famous drag balls still burns bright as a witty, poignant and empowering document of queer cinema and a fierce testament to facing hardship with fabulousness.


9:30pm, Egyptian Theatre (Spielberg)
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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

Dir. Justin Simien, 2014, 108 min

Winner of the 2015 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, Justin Simien’s DEAR WHITE PEOPLE follows biracial student Samantha White who begins her radio show, “Dear White People, the amount of Black friends required not to seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, your weed man Tyrone doesn’t count.” Sam becomes president of Winchester College’s all-Black residential hall, whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification. TV reality show “Black Face/White Place” smells gold in Sam’s story and decides to follow it, rejecting the proposal of fellow Black student Coco Conners, who pitched a show titled “Doing Time at an Ivy League.” Lionel Higgins, a black gay student, finally comes into his own after he is recruited by the school’s most prestigious student paper to write a piece on Sam and the black experience at Winchester. 

A special opportunity to see this film followed by Q/A with cast and crew.


FILM SCHEDULE


SATURDAY, MARCH 14

2:00pm, Egyptian Theatre (Spielberg)
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THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE

Dir. Ellen Brodsky, 2015, 68 min

What happens when LGBT youth of color band together to be out on stage about their lives and loves? Find out in this powerful documentary about True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, an unforgettable group of young performers who tell their stories with wit, candor and bravery. From a trans teen who has been kicked out of her home to a devout Christian who stands up to his church’s homophobic teaching, these adolescent artists get their act together — even after the Boston Marathon bombing takes place just yards away from their rehearsal space, making them all the more determined that the show must go on.

Plus Short:

SEARCHING FOR TAYLOR SWIFT

Dir. Heider Tunarossa Malagon, 2014, 25 min
Searching For Taylor Swift tells the story of the biggest Swiftie in the entire world – a Colombian kid named Heider. When he finds out that his idol, Taylor Swift, will be performing live at Madison Square Garden, he does anything and everything he can to get tickets to attend her concert.


3:00pm, Egyptian Theatre (Rigler)
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EAT WITH ME

Dir. David Au, 2014, 100 min

Young chef Elliot is about to lose his Chinese restaurant, and the last person he wants helping out is his smothering mother Emma, who has never approved of the fact that her son is gay. But as Elliot begins to confront his fears of intimacy, while the newly-divorced Emma takes her first exhilarating steps into her newfound freedom, this mother and son will find a way to heal each other’s hearts — via their stomachs.

Plus Short:

ME AND YOU

Dir. Tim Rauch, Mike Rauch, 2013, 3 min
In this touching animated piece, a young man and his mother ruminate about her decision to adopt him and their profound love for one another.


4:00pm, Egyptian Theatre (Spielberg)
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I AM HAPPINESS ON EARTH

Dir. Julián Hernández, 2013, 115 min
Spanish with English subtitles

Julian Hernández, one of Mexico’s premier queer filmmakers (RAGING SUN, RAGING SKY), returns with this tale of a film director struggling with the line between his sexually charged reality and equally arousing cinematic creations. Will Emiliano be able to sustain his relationship, or will his lust for beauty and meaning lead him elsewhere? Furious couplings between gorgeous men include an exhilaratingly explicit play-within-a-play. Hernández’s boldly poetic romance compares with such films as Fellini’s 8½ Godard’s CONTEMPT, and others exploring the connections among love, sex, creativity, and filmmaking.


5:00pm, Egyptian Theatre (Rigler)
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ASCENDANCE: ANGELS OF CHANGE

Dir. Debra Simone, 2015, 78 min

ASCENDANCE: ANGELS OF CHANGE follows the models who participated in the 2014 Angels of Change Calendar, to learn how they rose above their own challenges and are now helping others do the same. Every year since 2009, trans-activist Bamby Salcedo and a dedicated band of volunteers have joined together to create “Angels of Change,” a fundraising calendar, and a runway-style launch party, to showcase the young people from The Center for Trans Youth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Trans and gender-nonconforming youth from all over Los Angeles and the world flock to the Center to live in a more authentic and honest way. With the help of the Center’s programs, the youth overcome the challenges of being trans, and get the help they need to live healthy, productive lives. Participating in the Angels of Change calendar is seen as a rite of passage among the youth at the Center, and when they apply to be part of the fundraiser, they are chosen for their commitment to improving trans lives.

Plus Short:

FU377

Dir. Neelu Bhuman, 2014, 5 min
The scorching Section 377 is unleashed to re-criminalize ‘gay activity’ in India. This incredibly unjust section of law serves as the backdrop for an adorable exchange between a mother and her queer daughter where nothing is off limits – including sex!


6:00pm, Egyptian Theatre (Spielberg)
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DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM, 95 min

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM


TRUTH. BE. TOLD. : STACEYANN CHIN
Dir. Katina Parker, 2015, 15min
A documentary series about Queer Black Visionaries. Writer Staceyann Chin explores life growing up in Jamaica, activism, and art through the lens of being a first-time mom to a busy toddler.

TRUTH. BE. TOLD. : KAI M. GREEN
Dir. Katina Parker, 2015, 10min
A documentary series about Queer Black Visionaries. Courageous filmmaker Kai M. Green reminisces about life with his big-hearted drug-addicted father and his mother’s slow acceptance of him as a transgender person.

TRUTH. BE. TOLD. : DARNELL MOORE
Dir. Katina Parker, 2015, 9min
A documentary series about Queer Black Visionaries. Writer/Activist Darnell Moore reflects on a tough life with his father, brotherhood, writing and love.

TRUTH. BE. TOLD. : DR. ALEXIS PAULINE GUMBS
Dir. Katina Parker, 2015, 5min
A documentary series about Queer Black Visionaries. Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, self avowed Black feminist troublemaker and Co-Creator of the Mobile Homecoming Project, pontificates about the ways in which capitalism has negatively impacted her sense of stability and security.

TRUTH. BE. TOLD. : SENDOLO DIAMINAH
Dir. Katina Parker, 2015, 5min
A documentary series about Queer Black Visionaries. Sendolo Diaminah, a community organizer and elected school board official living in Durham, North Carolina, talks about discovering his sexuality in the midst of his African dance troupe.

YOU’RE CUTE FOR A BLACK GUY
Dir. Cameron Johnson, 2014, 8 min
A first-person examination of racism and micro aggression in interracial dating from the perspective of gay black men.

SEX, POLITICS AND STICKY RICE
Dir. Tina Takemoto, 2014, 9 min
Protests, potlucks, and three-ways are just the ‘tip of the rice bowl’ for five Asian American lesbians recounting their adventures in sex, love, and queer activism in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1980s.

NANCY FROM EAST SIDE CLOVER
Dir. Gregorio Davila, 2014, 10 min
Growing up poor, Chicano, a woman and a Lesbian in mid 20th century East L.A., Nancy Valverde’s life was a constant uphill battle. Complicated by the fact that she preferred the comfort of men’s clothes; a ‘misdemeanor’ crime which she was routinely arrested for. Now at age 83, Nancy’s defiance and resilience to maintain her self identity as a butch Lesbian has garnered her legendary status in the Los Angeles LGBTQ community.NANCY FROM EAST SIDE CLOVER is part of an upcoming feature length documentary about the rich Gay history of the Los Angeles area entitled, L.A. A QUEER HISTORY.

KUMU HINA: A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE
Dir. Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, 2013, 25min
Eleven year-old Ho’onani dreams of leading the boys hula troupe at her school in Honolulu. She’s fortunate that her teacher, Kumu Hina, understands first-hand what it’s like to be ‘in the middle’ – the Hawaiian tradition of embracing those who embody both male and female spirit. Together, they set out to prove that what matters most is what’s in your heart.


8:00pm, 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 acclaimed writer, director and producer Rose Troche and a screening of eight exciting short films from both established and emerging talented filmmakers. 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.

2015 FUSION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER – 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 unlike anything the movies had 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) and Showtime’s influential THE L WORD — of which Troche was a key architect — have enhanced her reputation as one of this generation’s most passionate and important filmmakers.

2015 FUSION GALA SHORTS PROGRAM

2015 FUSION GALA SHORTS PROGRAM


SUGARHICCUP
Dir. Lisa Donato, 2014, 17 min
A neurotic journalist searches through digital clues trying to decipher a mysterious message left by her fiance right before she disappears for the next 48 sleepless hours.

THRU HER EYES
Dir. Hans Lein, 2013, 10min
Carmen is secretly in love with Cheyenne, her best friend. When Cheyenne reacts willingly to the advances of a boy, something breaks.

BARRIO BOY
Dir. Dennis Shinners, 2013, 8 min
A Latino barber secretly falls in love with a handsome Irish stranger over the course of a haircut during a hot and sweaty summer afternoon in a macho Brooklyn hood.

SHAMELESS
Dir. Geeta Malik, 2013, 4 min
A woman on trial for prostitution turns the tables on her accusers.

INTERNATIONAL MALE
Dir. Heath Daniels, 2014, 7 min
A financially strapped man, yearning for global adventure, invites an international cast of men to his apartment for a series of romantic escapades.

LILIES
Dir. Yudho Aditya, 2014, 7 min
A young lesbian woman encounters her ex-girlfriend in a diner and reflects on the great times that once were and could have become.

THE BOY
Dir. Cayman Grant, 2014, 8 min
The Boy is a horror film about an immigrant African family that performs a dangerous ritual on their son who they believe is possessed by evil.


VENUES


The Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Recommended Parking: Numerous parking lots in the neighborhood, prices range from $8 – $20.

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


TICKETS

Tickets available on “Buy Tickets” under each program in the Film Schedule.


GALA TICKETS (include screening and after-party)
  • General: $25
  • Members of Outfest: $22
  • Community Collaborators: $22
  • Youth age 21 and under: FREE (see Youth Membership below)

SCREENINGS
  • General: $10
  • Outfest Members: $7
  • Community Collaborators: $8
  • Youth age 21 and under: FREE (see Youth Membership below)

SPECIAL OFFER

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.


FUSION LAB

Fusion Lab provides free classes in screenwriting, storytelling, cinematography, editing and directing. 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.

This year’s exceptional group of Fusion Lab Instructors include: D’Lo, Alex Kondracke and George Reyes, Angela Robinson, Doug Spearman and Jamie Renee Williams.


SPONSORS


PRESENTING SPONSOR

PREMIERE SPONSOR

FUNDERS

Supported in part by a grant from The David Bohnett Foundation

MAJOR SPONSORS

MEDIA SPONSORS


CREDITS


STAFF

Click here to see all Outfest and Outfest Fusion staff


COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS

Black AIDS Institute
Black Lesbians United (BLU)
Connect to Protect Los Angeles
Gender Justice LA
Latino Equality Alliance
Man Up Program, Westside Family Health Center
TransLatin@ Coalition
Women On A Roll



FUSION LAB WORKSHOPS

Fusion Lab provides free classes in screenwriting, storytelling, cinematography, editing and directing. 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.

This year’s exceptional group of Fusion Lab Instructors include: D’Lo, Alex Kondracke and George Reyes, Angela Robinson, Doug Spearman and Jamie Renee Williams.

Tuesday | March 17

7:00PM | Storytelling Workshop with D’Lo

Thursday | March 19

7:00PM | Writing Workshop with Alex Kondracke and George Reyes

Saturday | March 21

1:00PM | Directing Workshop with Angela Robinson

Saturday | March 21

4:00PM | Shooting Your Film: A Cinematography Workshop

Tuesday | March 24

7:00PM | Directing Actors: A Workshop with Doug Spearman

Thursday | March 26

7:00PM | Editing with Final Cut Pro taught by Jamie Renee Williams

Fusion Lab classes will take place at the Outfest Offices, 3470 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 935 Los Angeles, CA 90010. Parking is not full validated parking – on site parking for classes after 6:00pm and on weekends will be $3.00 with validation.


Storytelling Workshop with D’Lo

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Tuesday | March 17
7:00PM

Public speaking is most people’s #1 fear. #2 is death. Folks would rather be in the casket at a funeral than deliver 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 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. He is on the board for Brown Boi Project. D’Lo’s poetry and short stories have been published in various anthologies and academic journals. He also appears in the new HBO series “Looking” as Taj.


Writing Workshop with Alex Kondracke and George Reyes

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Thursday | March 19
7:00PM
A creative take on approaching your script, stories, and writing with no limitations. Kondracke and Reyes will take you on a journey of digging into the heart of the stories you want to tell so bring your notebooks and pens, you will do intensive writing in this workshop!

Alex Kondracke is known for her work on HBO’s “Hung” and Showtime’s “The L Word” as writer-producer and for her film GIRLSTRASH: ALL NIGHT LONG. George Reyes attended Harvard University (AB 1994) and New York University’s graduate film program. His first feature documentary, LA MUNECA FEA (THE UGLY DOLL), is about elderly sex workers in Mexico City, co-directed with Claudia Lopez.


Directing Workshop with Angela Robinson

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Saturday | March 21
1:00PM
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 shot list and get the best performance out of your actors.

Angela Robinson is an award-winning writer and director best known for her feature films D.E.B.S. and HERBY FULLY LOADED, as well as her work on television shows including “The L Word”, “Hung”, “Charlie’s Angeles” and “True Blood”.


Shooting Your Film: A Cinematography Workshop

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Saturday | March 21
4:00PM
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.


Directing Actors: A Workshop with Doug Spearman

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Tuesday | March 24
7:00PM

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.

Spearman, a trained actor, is best known for starring as professor Chance Counter in the LOGO series, “Noah’s Arc.” Spearman has written, produced, and directed more than 2,000 network television promos and trailers. In 2013, Spearman directed his first feature film, HOT GUYS WITH GUNS, which was released by Wolfe in April 2014


Editing with Final Cut Pro taught by Jamie Renee Williams

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Thursday | March 26
7:00PM
This tutorial workshop can help you master this popular nonlinear editing tool. Learn to use Final Cut Pro to edit a video, tell effective stories, and even correct color.



ONE-MINUTE FILM COMPETITION

Hosted by: Deondray Gossfield and Quincy LeNear Gossfield


THE CHALLENGE

MAKE A FILM that is one-minute or less!


THEME

Choose Your Category! There are two categories for this competition:

  1. A short film with the theme FOOLISH IS…
  2. A short film with the theme GENIUS IS…

REGISTER

Registration is OPEN online from March 17-March 30 on our website at Outfest.org (under Fusion Lab).
One submission per category (total submissions for this competition are capped at 50).


PROCESS
  1. Write a one-page script, treatment or flurry of images that you are going to shoot or edit together that represents what either “FOOLISH IS…“ or “GENIUS 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

Submit your high res .mov file of your film to us by

Monday, March 30th, 2015


SCREEN
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

7:00 PM | One Minute Film Competition
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WIN
  1. $100 prize for the best FOOLISH IS… film and for the best GENIUS IS… film.
  2. A 2015 Outfest Los Angeles Producer Level Membership for the Audience Choice Award.

Don’t know how to make a film or need some guidance? Come take free workshops at the Fusion Lab on writing, cinematography, editing and directing! Go to the Fusion Lab tab for more information!