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Outfest Fusion 2016 Screenings

Friday, March 4

7:00pm (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler) BUY TICKETS NOW

The Watermelon Woman

Dir/Scr: Cheryl Dunye, 1996, English, USA, 90 min.
Cheryl (writer/director Dunye), a twenty-something black lesbian, makes a documentary about a beautiful film actress identified only as “The Watermelon Woman.” Delving into the project, Cheryl explores a budding love affair with Diana (Guinevere Turner), and contemplates the complexities of race, gender, and romance in the ‘90s. Notably the first feature film directed by an African American lesbian, THE WATERMELON WOMAN was celebrated at the 1996 Berlin Film Festival where it won the prestigious Teddy Award. In honor of its 20th anniversary, we are proud to present this new digital restoration from the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and 13th Gen.

7:15pm (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg) BUY TICKETS NOW

Fire Song

Dir/Scr: Adam Garnet Jones, 2015, English, Canada, 85 min.
Making its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, First Nations director Adam Garnet Jones’s feature film debut introduces us to Shane, a Two Spirited Anishinaabe teen. He lives in an aboriginal community in Northern Ontario with his mother Jackie who, six weeks after her daughter’s suicide, is still unable to move on, mired in the past. Conversely, Shane immerses himself in the future, planning his escape from a town riddled with unemployment, alcoholism, homophobia, and sexual and domestic violence. When his opportunity for college is put in jeopardy, Shane’s ensuing decisions force him and those around him to come to terms with longstanding hidden truths the present cannot deny.

9:15pm (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg) BUY TICKETS NOW

Fusion Doc Shorts

A powerful discussion of cultural identity, these six films explore the unique challenges the QPOC community face in balancing the responsibility of honoring our family’s heritage while also living our truth.

Made of Sugar (6 mins)

Dir: Kevin Rios, 2015, English/Spanish with English subtitles, USA, 6 min.
A nostalgic portrait of a Cuban-American family’s evolving cultural heritage.

Pink Dads (20 mins)

Dir: Fan Popo, 2016, Mandarin with English subtitles, China, 20 min.
Noted gay Chinese director Fan Popo gives us a sneak peek of his new project PAPA RAINBOW, the follow up to 2014’s award-winning doc MAMA RAINBOW. International Premiere.

BrocKINGton (9 mins)

Dir: Sergio Ingato/Maggie Sloane/Mason Sklut, 2014, English, USA, 8 min.
An intimate film about the struggles of being a teenage transman, BROCKINGTON won the Best Documentary Short prize at Newfest in 2015.

Poshida: Hidden LGBT Pakistan (30 mins)

Dir: Faizan Fiaz, 2015, English/Urdu with subtitles, Pakistan, 30 min.
A groundbreaking look at the hidden LGBT population of Pakistan. US Premiere.

Gaysians (13 mins)

Dir: Vicky Du, 2015, English, USA, 13 min.
Five queer and trans Asian-Americans from the NYC area explore their relationships with their family and culture in this illuminating patchwork documentary.

Libertad (9 mins)

Dir: Brenda Avila-Hanna, 2015, English, USA, 9 min.
The story of Alejandra, who always knew deep down inside that she was a chola, not a cholo. World Premiere.

9:30pm (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler) BUY TICKETS NOW


Dir/Scr: Scud, 2015, Mandarin with English subtitles, Hong Kong, 86 min.
Fresh from its North American Premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, this visually stunning erotic drama follows a young man (Hins) who finds himself unexpectedly attracted to his handsome, outspoken male professor (Ming). Despite — or perhaps because of — his conservative upbringing, Hins is intent on getting close enough to Ming to understand him. It’s an experience that transforms his life and comes to define his adult identity. UTOPIANS features nudity and explicit sex. Q-Rated!