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Outfest announces 2012 Line-Up for Fusion: Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival (March 22 - 24)






Los Angeles, CA (March 7, 2012) - 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 Fusion: the Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival. Now in its ninth year, Fusion is the only multicultural LGBT film festival of its kind. The festival will include short films, feature films, panels, workshops, and parties that highlight and celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community. The festival will be held March 22nd – 24th at the Egyptian Theater and Renberg Theatre in Hollywood, and is presented by NBCUniversal.

(Photo of Patrik-Ian Polk)

Writer/director Patrik-Ian Polk (PUNKS, NOAH’S ARC) will receive the 2012 Fusion Achievement Award. “Patrik-Ian Polk is an incredible visionary, breaking new ground in his depictions of LGBT characters whose stories are unique, yet universal,” says Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest.

"I am very excited and honored to be receiving this award from Outfest, and to premiere my new film at Fusion," says Polk. "Outfest has been a loving supporter of my work since my first film PUNKS in 2000. I've shown all my films there, and the amazing work they've done with Fusion specifically highlighting the work of LGBT filmmakers of color is a shining example of their commitment to promoting diversity within the genre of gay film."

The award will be presented to Polk by Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS), prior to the World Premiere screening of Polk’s third feature, THE SKINNY.

Fusion 2012 will also unveil the first work of OutSet: The Young Filmmakers Project from LifeWorks and Outfest, created to empower and educate LGBT youth to tell their stories through film.

The festival will kick off with an extraordinary live performance piece; JOTALOGUES: TALKING TABOO IN THE BEAST OF TIMES, written and performed by multi-disciplinary Xicana artist Adelina Anthony with D’Lo.

The additional line-up of this year’s Fusion includes the World Premiere of STUD LIFE by London-based and Outfest award-winning filmmaker, Campbell X, a CAR WASH Sing-and-Dance-Along, two programs showcasing some of the newest and best short films by and about people of color, as well as a Legacy Project screening of Nisha Ganatra’s beloved film from 1999, CHUTNEY POPCORN.

Fusion Access LA returns in partnership with NBCUniversal for a third year. The partnership brings aspiring filmmakers in contact with industry leaders at NBCUniversal to inspire, educate, and mentor. There will be a number of panels throughout the day including the ever-popular writing panel which includes writers from top NBCUniversal shows along with a meet and greet lunch where studio executives talk about trends and what ideas are catching their attention.

For complete listings and to purchase tickets, log on to or call 213-480-7088. Fusion 2012 is presented by NBCUniversal. Supporting Sponsors are Absolut Vodka, Paramount Pictures and Stella Artois. Media Sponsors are Frontiers in LA and Lesbian News.


2012 LINE-UP

Thursday, March 22 - 8:00pm at the Village

JOTALOGUES: Talking Taboo in the Beast of Times

Written and performed by Adelina Anthony with D'Lo, Dir. Mark Valdez

JOTALOGUES: Talking Taboo in the Beast of Times, a satirical and queer allegory, which explores the contradictions and pains of coming to political consciousness as “Other” in a world where environmental and ethnic diversity are quickly becoming passé. A work that employs incisive and poignant humor to expose the human love of greed and the human greed for love, Adelina Anthony writes a theatrical work for a new generation of politico/as with a good measure of ‘throw-back’ ‘movement memory’ thrown in and a queer bent to shape it all. (Jotalogues is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation fund project co-commissioned by La Peña Cultural Center in partnership with allgo (a Texas statewide organization for people of color).

Friday, March 23 - 7:30pm


Dir/Scr: Campbell X, 2012, UK, 80 min.

JJ, a hot black British stud, and her best friend Seb, a cute white twink, run around the urban London LGBT scene. JJ falls for a mysterious sexy woman and Seb is left to his own devices with online hook ups and an overly affectionate drug dealer. The grit of the city and the betrayal of sexy lovers send Seb and JJ in different directions and unlikely places where they learn how to love the love that is hiding right before their eyes.

With short: SO POMO Dir: Kalil Cohen



Dir. Michael Schultz, Scr. Joel Schumacher, 1976, USA, 97 min.

You know you want to take a trip back to 1976 and sing-a-long with Rose Royce to one of the all time greatest soundtracks! Between the songs we'll laugh along with the fellas and Lindy as they pull pranks, wash cars, and check out the foxy ladies, and men. Richard Pryor, The Pointer Sisters, George Carlin round out the cast that keeps us rolling with laughter and clapping our hands to the rhythm. «You got to believe in something, why not believe in me?»

CAR WASH has been provided by Universal as part of its 100th anniversary. Universal marks its 100th anniversary in 2012, and is commemorating its centennial with a yearlong celebration honoring the studio’s rich film history and cultural legacy. The campaign draws its inspiration from Universal’s extraordinary and diverse library of films, many of which will be highlighted throughout the year, and is designed to engage fans of all ages in the art of movie making.

A significant element of the centennial includes the extensive restoration of 13 of the studio’s most beloved titles such as TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, JAWS, THE STING, OUT OF AFRICA, FRANKENSTEIN, AND SCHNDLER’S LIST. Other activities include a new logo, home entertainment offerings, theme park celebrations, signature events, and sweeping social media campaign. For more information, please visit http:/

Saturday, March 24


OutSet Short Premiere

Outfest is thrilled to unveil the World Premiere of OUTSET, the Young Filmmakers Project from LifeWorks and Outfest, created to empower and educate LGBT youth to tell their stories through film. Fourteen LGBTQ youth aged 16-24 years old participated in a filmmaking lab over the span of 3 months taught by industry professionals, and Outfest alumni filmmakers mentored five film teams. Don’t miss the inspiring screening of five short films written, directed, produced and edited by a new generation of storytellers, the 2012 graduates of OutSet. Stick around for a great reception to celebrate this accomplishment after the screening.


Mentored by: Deondray Gossett & Quincy Le Near


Mentored By: Chiedu Egbuniwe


Mentored by: Nisha Ganatra


Mentored by: Dave O’Brien


Mentored by: Tina Mabry


SHORTS PROGRAM 1 – Rigler Theatre

In the mood for a touch of strange? Or a clandestine tale? Maybe an in-your-face confessional? This collection of documentary and melodically inclined shorts have all that plus they dip into private spaces and hidden family histories - but not without ridiculous laughs. These films offer up your dose of camp with over the top musical interludes, take intimate excursions into sticky bathroom politics, strained family connections, and life changing transitions.

(scene from "Gaysian Dream")

FORTUNE COOKIE MAGIC TRICKS Dir: Alex Chu THE PERFORMANCE OF DROWNING Dir: Jeanette Castillo, Terry Galloway IT GETS MESSY IN HERE Dir: Kai M. Green GAYSIAN DREAM Dir: Bernie Espinosa, Rod Andrada YAYA/AYAT Dir: Shimby Zegeye-Gebrehiwot LOOKING FOR JIRO Dir: Tina Takemoto RITES OF PASSAGE (Part 1) Dir: Jeff Roy


CHUTNEY POPCORN – Spielberg Theatre

Dir. Nisha Ganatra, Scr. Susan Carnival, Nisha Ganatra, 1999, USA, 92 min.

Brimming with humor, smarts, and ‘90’s lesbian fashion, CHUTNEY POPCORN, is a delightfully entertaining investigation of what family values look like at the intersection of American culture, Indian culture, queerness and interracial love. CHUTNEY POPCORN screened out Outfest in 1999, the original elements and prints were recently deposited with the Outfest Legacy Project.


SHORTS PROGRAM 2 – Rigler Theatre

When tension builds in relationships sometimes the perfect joke lightens the mood; other times tears brings lovers back together. The films in this program visualize the quiet rebellion that fuels mother-daughter drama and play with fantasies that tease sexual boundaries. We get to see how finding your people can put the pieces back together after stressed family dynamics rip us apart. These shorts show us how love and affection take time to unravel without the right words or the gift of sight.

QUEEN OF MY DREAMS Dir: Fawzia Mirza CRUSH Dir: Gloria LaMorte TWO BODIES Dir: Nijla Mumin COUPLES THERAPY Dir: Mike Rose VESSEL FOR MY HEART Dir: Ryan Lexi SLOW Dir: Darius Monroe SILENCES Dir: Javier Sanz DOL (FIRST BIRTHDAY) Dir: Andrew Ahn

Fusion Gala 8:00pm

Fusion Achievement Award – PATRIK-IAN POLK

PATRIK-IAN POLK made his feature film directorial debut with PUNKS, which had its world premiere in January 2000 at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for a 2002 Independent Spirit Award for Best Low-Budget Feature and was the Outfest 2000 Centerpiece. Polk made his television debut in 2006, creating the original comedy-drama series NOAHS ARC, the first scripted series for MTV/Viacom’s Logo network. In November 2008, MTV/Logo released a feature film spin-off titled NOAHS ARC: JUMPING THE BROOM- written, directed and produced by Polk. The film opened at #1 on the IndieWIRE independent film box office chart and won the 2009 GLAAD Award for Best Film. The film also received 3 NAACP Image Awards nominations, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Polk is currently developing a NOAHS ARC series spin-off for Logo and a drama series for BET, Black Entertainment Television. And his 3rd feature film THE SKINNY will be in theaters soon.

The Fusion Achievement Award will be presented to Patrik-Ian Polk by Lee Daniels (Prod. MONSTER'S BALL, Prod/Dir PRECIOUS) during the opening remarks of the Fusion Gala.

(A scene from "The Skinny")


Dir/Scr: Patrik-Ian Polk, USA, xxxx, xxx min.

Love, Secrets, and The City: this is what The Skinny is made of. A group of young, sexy friends reunite in New York City a year after they graduated from Brown University. They show off their new loves, but some resort to their old tricks. The three days they spend together in the city shows them what a difference a year makes.
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