Los Angeles, CA (March 7, 2013) - Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media, has announced its lineup for the 2013 Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Fusion is the only multicultural LGBT film festival of its kind.
The festival will include world premieres and LA premieres of short films and feature films and a gala party that highlights and celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community. Fusion 2013 will be held March 22nd – 23rd at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and REDCAT downtown, and is presented by HBO and NBCUniversal.
Writer/director/producer Angela Robinson (True Blood, The L Word, Hung, D.E.B.S) will receive the 2013 Fusion Achievement Award.
“In the past decade Outfest Fusion has grown from a festival that showcases the best in LGBT films highlighting people of color, to a full fledged program that works to nurture emerging artists through projects like OutSet, InFusion and Fusion Lab,” says Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest. ”We are proud of all of the artists who have participated in Fusion, and we are thrilled to be honoring Angela Robinson whose film and television work have inspired so many.”
The award will be presented to Robinson prior to the Fusion Gala Shorts program on Saturday, March 23.
Following its hugely successful introduction last year, Fusion will also unveil the world premiere of the latest work of OutSet: The Young Filmmakers Project from LifeWorks and Outfest, created to empower and educate LGBT youth to tell their stories through film. Last year’s OutSet graduate Janella Lacson not only won an audience award for her short, The First Date, at 2012 Outfest Los Angeles LBGT Film Festival, but also received two scholarships and entry into NYU film school.
In addition to the world and LA premieres, Fusion 2013 will also screen highlights from last year’s Outfest Film festival, including Mosquita Y Mari, My Brother the Devil, White Frog, Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years and Homeboy.
Outfest recently announced its first ever Fusion Lab – a micro-cinema and media lab that will exist in a storefront in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park throughout the month of March. Supported by a grant from the Irvine Foundation, Fusion Lab will host screenings of short films, filmmaking workshops taught by Outfest alumni, and workstations with cameras and editing software. The pop-up shop will be at 5503 N. Figueroa St, 90042.