2014 Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival March 14-16

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Scene from "Baby Daddy"

Scene from “Baby Daddy”


“Blackbird,” starring Academy Award winner Mo’nique (“Precious”) and Isaiah Washington (“Blue Caprice”), will open Outfest’s Fusion film festival on Friday, March 14, at the Egyptian Theatre.

The film follows Randy (Julian Walker) and his eclectic group of Black, white, gay and straight high school friends who are outsiders in a small Southern town. Mo’nique and Washington portray Randy’s parents.

Absolut and Stella Artois will host a reception in the lobby from 6-7:30 p.m.

The Fusion festival spotlights 30 short and feature-length films from around the world over three days, March 14-16. Participants have the opportunity to see their own lives depicted on screen and deepen their understanding of other LGBT communities of color.

On Saturday, March 15, Outfest will honor actor Alec Mapa with the Fusion Achievement Award before a screening of “Baby Daddy” at 8:30 p.m.  The film examines what happens when two gay men tackle the challenge of parenthood by adopting a young son.

The Outfest Fusion Gala After-Party will take place in the theater’s courtyard.

Films screen at the American Cinematheque, in Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre:

March 14

7:15 p.m. –  What It Was (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

7:30 p.m. – Fusion Opening Night film Blackbird (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)

9:30 p.m. – Gay Latino LA: Coming of Age (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

10:00 p.m. – Sh*ts & Giggles — shorts program with live performance from Raneir Pollard (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)


March 15

2:00 p.m. – Fight the Power — shorts program (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

4:00 p.m. – No I.D. Required — shorts program (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

6:00 p.m. – White Night (Egytpian Theatre – Spielberg)

6:00 p.m. – Pink Is the New Black — shorts program (Egyptian – Rigler)

8:30 p.m. – Fusion Gala & Fusion Achievement Award Presentation: Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)


March 16

1:00 p.m. – Tribute to Rev. Bobbie Jean Baker Featuring the Believers (Egyptian Theatre – Spielberg)

1:30 p.m. – Outset Shorts — shorts program (Egyptian Theatre – Rigler)

Journalist Laurie Schenden covers the entertainment industry, with many of her notable celebrity interviews appearing in the Los Angeles Times and other national and international publications. As a longtime columnist and feature writer for the LA Times, she also covered events and California destinations for the lifestyle, Outdoors and Travel sections. Laurie Schenden's international pieces include the long-running Where Are They Now celebrity feature for Spotlight Magazine, published in five languages. Laurie has also contributed to numerous documentary films, and produces content via Saving Grace Films.

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