Thursday, March 11, 2010

Outfest Fusion: Always a Best of Film Festival

One of SoCal's treasured little gems of the LGBT community is occurring this weekend as FUSION 2010 kicks-off it's film festival at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Produced by Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, this smaller fest benefits from the distillation of the experience because it's only the best lgbt films out there, packed into one fun-filled day. Dubbed The People of Color Festival, I joke that's it's the film festival of everyone but white gay men - because all nationalities and women are included. Movies are by and about lgbt Native Americans, Latinos, Arab Americans, Asians, lesbians and so much more!

Fusion Shorts 1 start Saturday at 3:30 pm.
The Outfest Legacy Project Screening is at 4 pm with PORTRAIT OF JASON, a 1967 documentary of an African-American gay hustler at the Chelsea Hotel in NY.
Fusion Shorts 2 happens at 6 pm- with new offerings from award winning veteran Sundance film makers Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother) and Dee Rees (Pariah).

(pictured: Directors Rodney Evans and Dee Rees)

The Fusion Gala happens Saturday night at 8:30 pm and includes a screening of Quentin Lee's The People I've Slept With and an award tribute to Wilson Cruz.

Cruz has been on the forefront of LGBT activism for years and regularly appears and speaks on lgbt rights since his historic coming-out during his run on the MTV hit My So Called Life.

NBC/Universal came on board this year to sponsor the fest, which includes an entire day of panels and workshops for emerging film makers on Friday.

For tickets and more info, check out their site.

And check out the sexy trailer for the Gala Film:

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