The Outfest 2015 Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival announced a diverse and exciting line-up of movies to be aired on March 13 and 14, 2015. They also announced their Achievement Award winner as Rose Troche.
Outfest is the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media, has created the Fusion festival 12 years ago specifically for people of color. They screen movies at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and is presented by HBO and supported by NBCUniversal and Nielsen and funded in part by the David Bohnett Foundation.
Troche is a writer, producer and director (Go Fish, The Safety of Objects, “The L Word”) and stars from “The L Word” will present her with the honor on March 14.
“We are truly thrilled to honor the prolific and groundbreaking Rose Troche with the 2015 Fusion Achievement Award,” says Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest. “Her contribution to storytelling and filmmaking for the past two decades is full of intelligent characters and authentic representations of our community. Rose is one of the most powerful voices we have, and she embodies the very spirit of Outfest Fusion.”
An upcoming episode of “Empire” followed by a Q&A with the show’s producers will kick off the festival. Also that evening is the Los Angeles premiere of the new digitally restored print of Paris Is Burning courtesy of the Sundance Institute, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and Miramax.
The filmmakers of the movie Dear White People will conduct a questions-and-answer period after the screening. The movie just won at the Independent Spirit Awards.
“It was a joy to curate 2015 Outfest Fusion in my new role,” said Lucy Mukerjee-Brown, Outfest’s Director of Programming, “This year’s films are about telling your truth – a theme that runs through our entire line-up. Come to Outfest Fusion to discover crowd-pleasing, stimulating films and to enjoy the diversity, both onscreen and within our community.”
For complete listings and to purchase tickets, log on to www.Outfest.org/fusion2015 .
Outfest Fusion will also be hosting a two-week workshop facility – Fusion Lab –in Koreatown. Fusion Lab provides free classes in screenwriting, storytelling, cinematography, editing and directing taught by Outfest Alumni filmmakers. To find out more, go to the www.Outfest.org/fusion2015 website and select the Fusion Lab tab.