Monday, March 15, 2010

Fusion Rocks Saturday Night

Outfest's FUSION Film Festival took place over the weekend at the historic and restored Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, and once again, they knocked it out of the park.

The GALA screening on Saturday night was from out director Quentin Lee and was an unconventional comedy about playing around and settling down: The People I've Slept With.
The film co starred the evening's Fusion Award recipient, Wilson Cruz.

The event itself was lovely and packed. This came following a day jam packed with provocative and interesting new LGBT fare including two programs of shorts, a doc and a restored documentary from their Legacy Film Restoration Program.

I included the photo of the hieroglyphics on the walls of this historic theatre palace above for you LOST fans, because as we all stood in line at the bar that night, I could tell some people were trying to decipher it to figure out the season finale!

Lee's film was surprisingly fresh and buoyant. It was a comedy of errors about a slut who sleeps around so much, when she inevitably gets "knocked-up" she's not really sure who the father is! So her best friend (played by Cruz) and she endeavor to find the paternity whilst learning lessons of love, commitment and growing-up along the way.

Rock solid performances from the entire cast, and wonderful cinematography definitely lifted up a formula picture, and director Lee displayed an accomplished skill at finding the comedy, then not overplaying it. Lee knew where and when to let each cast member a chance to "steal the scene" with hysterical results. There were several laugh-out-loud moments, and I'm hoping Hollywood takes note of this young director since the film was by far more entertaining than 90% of the big studio romantic comedies that came out last year. Cute, cute, cute movie.

I had a chance to sit down for an in depth interview with Gala Award Recipient Wilson Cruz, who has been an out actor and outspoken activist for our LGBT rights for over a decade.

In this video interview, he talks about how he approaches acting, and the difference between performing in television, feature films and musicals. Cruz talks openly about coming out to himself, his family then to the world in The Advocate. I also got a chance to talk to him about two of my favorite of his roles - the transvestite in Ally McBeal (Do you remember that? It just WRECKED me) and as Ricky in MTV's My So Called Life.

Watch the interview here, then jump to below for all the photos from FUSION this weekend.

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