Outfest Comes Out with "Fusion" Spotlighting Gay People of Color
by Brian Brooks
Outfest, the group that organizes the annual L.A. lesbian and gay film festival in July, announced it will host "Fusion," a new festival spotlighting films by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people of color. The new program, which will take place January 30th through February 1st at the Aratain/Japan America Theatre of the Japanese American Community and Cultural Center in downtown Los Angeles, will present 36 short films and videos in four programs of multi-ethnic documentary, narrative, and experimental short films and videos.
Additionally, Fusion will host nightly receptions and a free panel discussion on Sunday, February 1st on the topic of "using media and the arts to empower LGBT communities of color." Eve Oishi, professor of women's studies at Cal State Long Beach, will curate Fusion.
"Fusion is a first-of-its-kind festival that builds bridges between L.A. communities, celebrates local artists, affirms identity and fights homophobia," commented Outfest executive director Stephen Gutwillig in a release. "Up until now, there has never been a cohesive festival that showcased and blended so many ethnicities within a queer context. I'm thrilled Outfest is presenting Fusion the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered people of color film festival."
Outfest: The Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world, and the biggest film festival in Southern California. The event takes place this year July 8th - 19th.
[ For more information on Fusion, visit: http://www.outfest.org. ]