Celebrating its 12th year, Outfest Fusion is the only multicultural LGBT film festival of its kind, running March 13-14 at the venerable Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
Indie-pioneering writer, director and producer Rose Troche (“Go Fish,” “The Safety of Objects” and Showtime’s “The L Word”) will receive the 2015 Fusion Achievement Award, presented by stars of “The L Word,” prior to the short films gala on Saturday, March 14.
On Friday the 13th, an upcoming episode of “Empire” will screen alongside a Q&A with the smash hit FOX series’ producers. The event shares the evening with the Los Angeles premiere of the new digitally restored print Jennie Livingston’s seminal 1990 LGBT doc “Paris Is Burning” centered on New York City drag ball culture. The film comes courtesy of the Sundance Institute, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and Miramax.
This year’s Outfest Fusion line-up also boasts the world premiere of “Ascendance: Angels Of Change” about the Trans youth group at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles run by Bamby Salcedo; and the US premiere of “Stories of Our Lives” from Kenya, which just played the Berlin Film Festival, as well as the romantic comedy “Eat With Me.”
Independent Spirit winner “Dear White People” will also screen with director Justin Simien in attendance. Also playing is “The Year We Thought About Love,” a documentary that follows an LGBT youth theater troupe in Boston. The program is rounded out by an encore screening of “I Am Happiness On Earth,” and a selection of topical doc shorts.
For complete listings head here. The festival is presented by HBO with support from NBCUniversal, Nielsen and the David Bohnett Foundation.