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By Michelle Clay

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OUTFEST, the world's leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen, continues to broaden its efforts to give novice filmmakers the opportunity to share their voice. The latest incarnation of this mission is an exciting new program called Fusion Lab.  While there are several components to Fusion Lab, the newest, most innovative feature is “a pop-up shop style micro-cinema and media lab.” At the Fusion Lab fledgling filmmakers are encouraged to leap headlong into the practical experience of filmmaking. Filmmaker workstations include film cameras to rent and editing equipment to edit your films for free. Staff at Fusion Lab will be on hand to assist Lab attendees in creating short films through the filmmaking process. 


The Fusion Lab will also host filmmaking workshops taught by Outfest alumni. Fusion Lab seeks to connect with local organizations to attract novice filmmakers who will learn about the art and craft of media making. Workshop teachers will include: Alex Kondracke (Hung, The L Word) on writing, Jamie Babbit (But I’m A Cheerleader, Drop Dead Diva) on directing, George Reyes (filmmaker & educator) also on writing, Carlos Portugal (East Side Story, East Los High) will focus of both writing and directing, and Augie Robles (CSI, Mosquita Y Mari) who will focus on editing theory.



Fusion Lab program will of course include screenings. A free film screening series begins March 7th and will continue every weekend throughout the month.  Four programs of audience favorites and award-winning short films from Outfest and Fusion will screen at Fusion Lab. Highlights include: Couples Therapy (Mike Rose), The Perfect Ones (Nao Bustamante & Matt Johnstone), Divorcio (Jacinto Astiazaran), Revolution (Abdi Nazemian & Erica Kraus),The Queen (Christina Choe), Greetings From Africa (Cheryl Dunye), Billy & Aaron (Rodney Evans), Kissing Bandido (Augie Robles), and El Abuelo (Dino Dinco). To ensure a seat for screenings, make your reservation now.


The Fusion Lab Free Film Screening Series programming is as follows:



Fusion Lab is a unique chance for interested novices to have an immediate, hands-on experience with creative expression through the world of filmmaking. Fusion Lab is supported by a grant from the Irvine Foundation. Highland Park was selected as the inaugural location because of its rich history, cultural diversity, and commitment to artists. The 2014 Fusion Lab will take place in Leimert Park.



Check out what’s happening at the headquarters of Fusin Lab in Highland Park, and take the opportunity to glean the world through a different colored lens.



Outfest will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival on March 22nd and 23rd


Outfest is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media.



Published on Mar 15, 2013

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