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Outfest Fusion

Outfest Fusion

LGBT People of Color Film Festival

Friday, 01 March 2019 until Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Outfest is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media.

One of our programs is Outfest Fusion, a celebration of LGBT People of Color.

Fusion includes a film festival, free filmmaker labs, and inFusion, where LGBT filmmakers of color spend the day on the NBCUniversal lot networking with established entertainment industry professionals.

Fusion was established in 2004 as a first-of-its-kind festival that builds bridges between L.A. communities, celebrates local artists, affirms identity and fights homophobia. Fusion features media produced from the late 1980s to the present -- ground-breaking, community-based, activist films and videos made by brave artists with limited resources but boundless vision and pride. This three-day festival is composed of four programs of multi-ethnic documentary, narrative and experimental short films and videos, as well as receptions, a panel discussion and a community networking fair. Join the celebration!


 

2019 films...

AMATEURS

BETWEEN THE SHEETS

Undone 
Directed by Francesca Castelbuono | United Kingdom | 16 min

Two women wake up in the same bed, trying to come to terms with the way they feel about each other and themselves.

Sodom's Cat (索多瑪的貓
Directed by Huang Ting-Chun | Taiwan | 30 min | Chinese with English subtitles

An orgy is used as a window into gay life and love in Taiwan.

After You Left 
Directed by April Maxey | USA | 10 min

The memories come flooding back when Andrea's ex-girlfriend returns the last few items from their prior life together.

Between Walls (Entre Paredes) 
Directed by Ruth Caudeli | Colombia | 19 min | Spanish with English subtitles

When three people meet for a night of sex, it’s clear that each of them are there for very different reasons.

Other Loving 
Directed by Lise Angelica Johnson | USA | 7 min

A woman experiencing heartbreak rediscovers love in an unconventional way.

THRIVE 
Directed by Jamie Di Spirito | United Kingdom | 18 min

A hookup between two young men - they make a connection, but it quickly becomes apparent they’re looking for different things

CASSANDRO, THE EXOTICO!

DESI DREAMING

Yaman
Directed by Raghuvir Joshi | India, Australia | 17 min | English, Hindi with English subtitles

After trying to salvage the illusion of love for too long, two true soulmates wait for their turn at a divorce court.

Becoming Leela
Directed by AJ | Canada | 11 min

“How much longer are you going to hide under these dresses?” Oceans away from her homeland, Leela seeks the answer.

The Homestay
Directed by Priyanka Mattoo | USA | 12 min

Visiting California with her husband, loving but overbearing Meera discovers that her homestay is a bit more than what she bargained for.

Monogamish
Directed by Nardeep Khurmi | USA | 12 min

A sexually fluid couple maneuvers through a non-monogamous, committed relationship where agreements are pushed and boundaries are challenged.

Decoding Darkmatter
Directed by Crystal Waterton | USA | 22 min

LGBTQ activists and performers Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian discuss being trans and South Asian, and how it’s not about the “costume.”

Sisak
Directed by Faraz Arif Ansari | India | 16 min

Sitting across from each other on their daily commute, two men wrestle the inches between them and a valley of social taboo.

DID YOU REALLY SAY THAT?...

I Think She Likes You
Directed by Bridey Elliott | USA | 11 min

When Justine and Julia pick Jake up at a bar, it’s not quite the threesome he was expecting.

My Loneliness Is Killing Me
Directed by Tim Courtney | Scotland | 15 min | Chinese with English subtitles

When Elliott lures the animalistic Jack to his apartment for a late-night hookup, he unexpectedly unearths a dark emotional connection.

The Morning After
Directed by Tricia Hagoriles | Canada | 19 min | English, Spanish with English subtitles

Two women, in the middle of their own life crises, have an emotional one-night stand.

There's Still Good
Directed by Ciaran Maidwell | South Africa | 12 min | Spanish with English subtitles

A young black student and his white boyfriend's mother are forced to confront the stereotypes embedded in South African society.

Not Black Enough
Directed by Bryce Marrero | USA | 24 min

An African American filmmaker struggles to find investors for a film inspired by her grandmother's mysterious white-washed past.

Black Lips
Directed by Adrian Chiarella | Australia | 15 min | English, Mandarin with English subtitles

A lonely abalone trader is awakened by a longing he’s never explored before.

FAMILY MATTERS

The Pick Up
Directed by Giovanna Chesler | USA | 10 min

When her mom picks her up from swim practice and their trip gets derailed, Melanie must choose a new road.

Break Me (Knus meg)
Directed by Irasj Asanti | Norway | 14 min | Norwegian with English subtitles

Mansour’s love for Andreas is put to the test when his religious father decides to marry him off.

Bo & Mei
Directed by Camille Liu Nock | United Kingdom | 15 min | English, Mandarin with English subtitles

With the help of their sister, a young Chinese immigrant stands up against prejudice externally and within their home.

The Serenade (La serenata)
Directed by Adelina Anthony | USA | 12 min | English, Spanish with English subtitles

Two parents struggle with their beloved Mexican musical tradition when their son requests a love song for another boy.

Sununú: The Revolution of Love
Directed by Olivia Crellin | United Kingdom | 24 min | Spanish with English subtitles

A trans couple in Ecuador navigate parenthood while challenging complex ideas of gender roles.

Home Girl
Directed by Poonam Brah | United Kingdom | 12 min 

When Roya's mom dies suddenly, she must reconcile who she really is with who she believed her mother wanted her to be.

Outdooring
Directed by Maxwell Addae | USA | 18 min 

Following a traditional Ghanian ceremony, a young man must confront the hatred his infant nephew might be doomed to face.

FISH BONES

JOSÉ

LATINX & CHILL

Waking Hour
Directed by Nava Mau | USA | 13 min

A young trans woman balances concerns about her safety and her desire for intimacy while figuring out what she wants.

Guarding Santos
Directed by Adelina Anthony | USA | 11 min | English, Spanish with English subtitles

A Mexican American child rebels against gender norms, forcing her traditional parents to make a choice about how to raise her.

Neither From Here Nor There (Ni de aqui, ni de alla)
Directed by Carlos Valdivia | USA | 14 min | English, Spanish with English subtitles

Jose spirals into a fit of anxiety preparing for an interview that could determine the course of his future.

Dive (Salta)
Directed by Mariane Amelinckx | Venezuela | 14 min | Spanish with English subtitles

Julia goes to the pool and remembers that, sometimes, life challenges us to make the decision to keep going.

Somebody Else
Directed by Abram Cerda | USA | 7 min

Abel and Pacheco have the deepest chemistry, but is it an intimate love affair or just a situation-ship?

Before Today (Ontem)
Directed by Thiago Kistenmacker | Brazil | 14 min | Portuguese with English subtitles

A transgender woman is haunted by her own past and faces the child she once was in order to truly be herself.

From Now On
Directed by Ivonne Coll, Javier Rios | USA | 11 min

Two Latinas stop on their way to Northern California to reflect upon the life-altering decision they’ve just made.

Victory Boulevard
Directed by Johnny Alvarez | USA | 12 min

In the heat and haze of a Van Nuys summer, two teenage boys discover an unexpected connection.

NO REGRET

NOW APOCALYPSE

QUEER TRUTHS

Clash
Directed by Amrou Al-Kadhi | United Kingdom | 8 min

Does Britain's obsession with period dramas erase the landscape of the country today?

In This Family
Directed by Drama Del Rosario | USA | 12 min

A teenage boy is outed by his teacher and revisits raw audio recordings of his Filipino family’s reactions.

Sistergirl
Directed by Alexandra Edmondson | Australia | 11 min | English, Tiki with English subtitles

The Tiwi Islands are home to one of the world's oldest living cultures, as well as one of the world's largest populations of transgender women.

Marquise
Directed by Matthew Puccini | USA | 7 min

Marquise Vilsón prepares to make his Off-Broadway debut, transitioning from a very private life to a very public spotlight.

Sweetheart Dancers
Directed by Ben-Alex Dupris | USA | 14 min

A Two-Spirit couple are determined to rewrite the rules of Native American culture through their participation in the "Sweetheart Dance."

Sigueme
Directed by 

Mariana Rizo struggles and triumphs as a Mexican transgender woman living in LA.

Victoria Sin
Directed by Amrou Al-Kadhi | United Kingdom | 6 min

Victoria Sin's drag constantly challenges, provokes and rejuvenates London’s queer spaces.

Going Foward
Directed by Tim Harris | USA | 15 min

Malcolm Kenyatta is campaigning to become the first openly LGBT candidate of color elected to state office in Pennsylvania.

RAFIKI

RETABLO

SIDNEY & FRIENDS

THE SKIN OF THE TEETH

SURREALNESS

Aphrodite
Directed by Nico Varela | USA | 10 min

Seeking a chance at stardom, an aspiring singer is scouted by a shadowy, fetishizing cabal.

Goddess House
Directed by Marion Hill | USA | 6 min

A courtesan is summoned to rouse a queen from her languor in this affirmative vision of consensual sex work.

Elmiteskuatl
Directed by Bretten Hannam | USA | 4 min

A poetic indictment of the language of queerness from a First Nations Two-Spirit perspective asks: Can an archive stand in for living memory?

The Bony Lady (La Flaca)
Directed by Adriana Barbosa, Thiago Zanato | USA, Brazil, Mexico | 20 min | Spanish with English subtitles

Arely attributes miraculous changes in her life to Santa Muerte, but what must she sacrifice in the name of faith?

Bear
Directed by Fred Guerrier | USA | 12 min

A man sells pleasure as a costumed stripper, leaving behind a trail of broken relationships.

Swarm of Selenium
Directed by SJ Rahatoka, Maude Matton | Canada, Germany | 23 min 

In this surreal dystopia, two queer feminist crews merge forces to try to care for one another through dance, visual work, and anti-work.

Paisa
Directed by Graham Kolbeins, Dorian Wood | USA | 8 min | English, Spanish with English subtitles

An immersive fever dream that celebrates the beauty of queer brown sensuality, body positivity, and individuality.

Speak Easy, B
Directed by Becca Park, Jun Shimizu | USA | 15 min

In therapy, B breaks through cultural conditioning, past loves, and psychological defenses to arrive at True Self.

THE THIRD WIFE


More short films...

About A Short Film
Directed by Kevin Yee | United Kingdom | 6 min

A gay Asian musical comedian makes a short film about making a short film.

Origin
Directed by Simone Lyles | USA | 19 min

In 1982, Kora's self-help conversion tapes only seem to push her closer to the truth about her feelings for her best friend Gina.

Full Beat
Directed by Kase Pena | USA | 10 min | English, Spanish with English subtitles

A trans teen reluctantly braces herself for court-ordered time with her unaccepting dad, but finds an unlikely ally in his fiancée.

Engaged
Directed by David Scala | USA | 17 min 

Is the world conspiring against Darren proposing to his boyfriend or is it self-sabotage?

Military Dog (軍犬)
Directed by Pingwen Wang | Taiwan | 10 min | Mandarin with English Subtitles

Nothing gives a young officer more pleasure than being his master’s loyal dog.

Razor Tongue, Ep. 1: The Colonizer
Directed by Rain Valdez, Natalie Heltzel, Sarah Poynter, Kalena Ranoa, Puppett | USA | 4 min 

So, where are you from? I bet you're from someplace exotic.

Ponyboi
Directed by River Gallo & Sadé Clacken Joseph | USA | 19 min

Looking for love and a way out of Jersey, Ponyboi discovers his worth through a magical encounter with the man of his dreams.

Koby Dale’s Creations (Directed by Koby Dale, Julia Hoyt, Miranda Smith, USA, 9 min)
Koby Dale, high school senior and member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, pursues fashion and celebrates individuality.
Dreamer (Dir. Marcos Davalos, USA, 9 min)
A gay undocumented “Dreamer” breaks into his high school auditorium to dance to his favorite Gloria Estefan song.
Routine (Dir. Wes Akwuobi, USA, 6 min)
A stand-up comic explores the experience of being a black man dating in the modern gay world.
Party of Two (Dir. María Alvarez, USA, 15 min)
A young woman’s suicide plans are put on hold after a night of self-discovery when she befriends another woman.
Word Is Bond (Dir. Alexandra Mastoon, USA, 13 min)
In the twilight of rap’s golden era, an upcoming LA emcee finds freedom and escape dancing alone to an inner soundtrack.
October (Dir. Maegan Mann, USA, 9 min)
Dembe struggles against Ugandan attitudes towards gender, identity, and culture.
Cherish (Dir. Terrance Daye, USA, 6 min)
In the rural south, a black boy tries to fly.
Hoài (Ongoing/Memory) (Dir. Quyên Nguyen-Le, USA, 11 min)
A Vietnamese American queer woman’s relationship with her refugee father is strained amidst anti-immigration protests.