By Ziyad Saadi | Indiewire February 14, 2014 at 10:17AM
Outfest, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization committed to creating and promoting LGBT media around the world, has announced its official lineup for its 2014 Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival. The festival, presented by HBO and now in its 11th year, will be held from March 14-16 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
Outfest Fusion, which prides itself on being the only multicultural film festival in the LGBT community, will be featuring many highlights this year, including 2012 Fusion Achievement honoree Patrik-Ian Polk’s latest film "Blackbird," starring Academy Award–winner Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington, and the world premieres of "Secrets & Toys" directed by Quentin Lee and "You Are Dead to Me" starring Harmony Santana.
“The films this year are about our sense of humor, our courage and vitality, our faith and resilience, whether we’re gay dads, women in Morocco or teens in our own backyard. Fusion means great films and diversity at its best,” says Tajmika Paxton, Outfest Fusion Programmer.
The festival will also be paying tribute to actor, writer and comedian Alec Mapa with the 2014 Fusion Achievement Award, which will be presented to him by Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh prior to the World Premiere screening of his one-man concert film "Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy" on March 15.
Check out the festival lineup below:
FRIDAY, MARCH 14
WHAT IT WAS Dir: Daniel Armando, 2013, 86 min
Plus short: THE DEVOTION PROJECT: FOREMOST IN MY MIND Dir: Antony Osso, 2013, 10 min
BLACKBIRD Dir: Patrik-Ian Polk, 2013, 102 min
GAY LATINO LA: COMING OF AGE Dir: Jonathan Menendez, 2012, 78 min
SH*TS & GIGGLES
CUKI COLORINCHI EVOLUTION Dir: Eduardo del Olmo, 2013, 4 min
ONE-NIGHT STAND Dir: Ryan Logan, 2013, 6 min
SQUARED Dir: Hieu Tran, 2013, 15 min
WOOF Dir: Rich Yap, 2014, 4 min
FIRST BAPTIST Dir: Nedra McClyde, Jamund Washington, 2013, 20 min
RANEIR POLLARD Live Performance, 15 min
SATURDAY, MARCH 15
FIGHT THE POWER
AL-BASIR Dir: Omar Hakim, 2013, 11 min.
CITY OF DAMNED Dir: Nate Skeen, Matt Rogers, Mor Albalak, Shaneika Lai, Stephanie Lee, 2013, 16 min.
FIGHTING FOR AIR Dir: Fatima Mawas, 2011, 9 min.
AL NISA: BLACK MUSLIM WOMEN IN ATLANTA’S GAY MECCA Dir: Red Summer, 2013, 10 min.
GHOST SYNDROME Dir: Rita Piffer, 2013, 8 min.
EYES THAT DO NOT SEE Dir: Patricia Ovando, 2013, 18min.
KUHANI Dir: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, 2013, 7 min.
NO I.D. REQUIRED
PUI Dir: Rujiroj Thanasankittiwat, 2013, 8 min.
LE RETOUR Dir: Yohann Kouam, 2013, 20 min.
BIG TIME Dir: Sonali Gulati, 2013, 10 min.
YOU’RE DEAD TO ME Dir: Wu Tsang, 2013, 13 min.
PUPPY DREAMS Dir: Alex Delyle, 2012, 9 min.
BOUNTY Dir: Finbarr Wilbrink, 2013, 24 min.
Dir: Leesong Hee-il, 2012, 75 min.
Plus short: WC Dir: Ashton Pina, 2013, 5 min.
PINK IS THE NEW BLACK
HECTOR: LOST SOULS WITH SWITCHBLADES Dir: Jeff Compton, 2013, 15 min.
DYKE CENTRAL: TABOO Dir: Florencia Manovil, 2014, 23 min.
SECRETS & TOYS Dir: Quentin Lee, 2013, 12 min.
HERO MARS Dir: Skyler Cooper, 2013, 24 min.
FOR HER Dir: Samantha Colicchio, 2013, 15 min.
ALEC MAPA: BABY DADDY
Dir: Andrea James, 2013, 78 min
SUNDAY, MARCH 16
TRIBUTE TO REV. BOBBIE JEAN BAKER featuring THE BELIEVERS
Dir: Todd Holland, 2007, 86 min
Plus shorts: JO Dir: April Wilson, 2013, 6 min.
TRANS *MARCH Dir: Simon Schultz Von Dratzig, 2013, 6min
GAY OVER Fellows: Jimbo Bowen, Ronja Jansz and Toni Sandoval; OutSet Mentor: Allan Brocka.
MY MOTHER’S ORPHAN Fellows: Ki Mcleod, Melissa Perez and Frank Sanchez; OutSet Mentor: Carlos Portugal.
CALAVERA Fellows: Saul Moralez, Rolando Rodriguez and Yadira Tellechea; OutSet Mentor: Jenn Garrison.
CAFE AU LAIT Fellows: Brandy Silva, Nkechi Ubabuike and Leiana Valenzuela; OutSet Mentor: Chiedu Egbuniwe.
GIDEON'S CROSS Fellows: Trevor Pop, Ray Martinez, Jenise Whitehead and Damone Williams; OutSet Mentor: Deondray Gossett and Quincy Le Near.