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Fusion Set for Second Fest for LGBT People of Color

Fusion Set for Second Fest for LGBT People of Color

Fusion Set for Second Fest for LGBT People of Color

by Shilpa Mankikar

A scene from Rodney Evans’ “Brother to Brother.” Image provided by Wolfe.

The Fusion Film Festival, housed in the heart of blue California, brings the second edition of the LGBT People of Color Film Festival. Fusion is the only film festival of its kind in the nation. From November 19-21 at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles, it will feature six programs of feature films and shorts.

Fusion is the newest addition to Outfest’s year-round programming, the organization has produced the Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival since 1982. The first edition of Fusion was launched in January and programmers followed up the huge success by moving it to a permanent spot in November to get maximum exposure. In an unusual programming choice to truly showcase stellar emerging artists, the Opening Night will feature shorts from filmmakers including Royston Tan, Aurora Guerrero, and Patrik-Ian Polk.

Closing Night will feature the Sundance Film Festival award-winner “Brother to Brother,” directed by Rodney Evans. Closing Night will end with a special discussion with the NAACP and GLAAD about homosexuality in the Black community, as portrayed in the media.

Other special programs include LGBT Youth films. The special presentation of Indonesian hit comedy “Arisan” features the first onscreen same sex kiss in an Islamic nation. “Everything Will Be Fine” from director Angelina Maccaron. Patrick Mangto and Rita Gonzales, co-chairs of the Fusion community advisory committee say, “Our collaborating organizations and the support of the community along with the response from the audiences provide a very special ambiance for our artists and a true sense of celebration and pride.”

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