It’s T-minus two weeks before the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood gets its annual splash of LGBT color. An offshoot to the ten-day flagship film festival Outfest, Fusion celebrates the filmmakers and cinematic tales that feature LGBT people of color.
With an awesome Kick-off party at Rockwell’s already under their belt, Fusion festivities continues on Thursday, March 22nd with a one-night only live production at the Renberg Theatre. Adelina Anthony performs live “JOTALOGUES: Talking Taboo in the Beast of Times.”
Fusion Friday will start early for a group of aspiring filmmakers, specially selected to get their networking-on. NBCUniversal has partnered with Fusion to present Access LA, a symposium of speakers, panels, workshops and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Universal Studios. Access LA is designed to connect emerging filmmakers and screenwriters with entertainment industry professional in a daylong pow-wow of how to avoid the many pitfalls of brutal show biz.
Fusion Friday Night screenings at the Egyptian Theatre include Stud Life from UK director Campbell X, followed by a dance / sing a-long featuring the 1976 comedy classic, Car Wash, directed by trailblazer Michael Schultz.
Fusion Saturday brings offers two strong shorts programs, an afternoon screening of Nisha Ganatra’s Chutney Popcorn, compliments of the Legacy Project Collection, and the World Premiere of OUTSET Shorts.
OUTSET Shorts is a collection of shorts written, directed, produced and edited by LGBTQ youth participants of the filmmaking lab, Young Filmmakers Project from Lifeworks and Outfest. These shorts are a product of the three month long filmmakers lab, and a vehicle from which these fourteen LGBT youths harness empowerment and education through cinematic storytelling.
Last year, Fusion audiences were the first to see the critically heralded Focus Features release Pariah (soon to hit video). This year, Fusion Saturday Night will bring a special screening of The Skinny, the latest feature by the original “tall skinny boy” himself, producer/ director Patrik –Ian Polk (Punks, “Noah’s Arc”). The screening will be preceded by the presentation of the Fusion Achievement Award to Polk by award winning producer Lee Daniels (Monster’s Ball, Precious).
And just in case the Saturday Night Fusion Gala does not satisfy your taste for Fusion favor, The Legacy Project will present a special screening of The Living End – Remixed and Remastered by director Gregg Araki. Tickets for the Sunday screening at the Billy Wilder Theatre , Hammer Museum can be purchased in advance at www.cinema.ucla.edu.
Come out and add a little queer color to your life. Year after year, Fusion never fails to be a richly provocative and rewarding film festival experience.
Complete program information, tickets and Access LA registration at www.outfest.org/fusion.