Everything you need to know about Outfest Fusion 2017, the queer people-of-color film festival

HOLLYWOOD — Outfest Fusion — the queer people-of-color film festival — continues this weekend with a lineup of short and feature film screenings, filmmaker Q&As and filmmaking workshops at the Egyptian Theatre, Highland Park Cinema and other locations throughout Los Angeles.

Here are some highlights from Outfest Fusion, which is celebrating its 14th year. Tickets are required for all events and can be purchased on the Outfest Fusion website.



8 p.m. at the Egyptian Theater

Writer-director Tina Mabry will receive the Fusion Achievement Award at the Fusion Gala. Mabry made her feature film directing debut the critically acclaimed “Mississippi Damned” and was a producer, writer, and director on OWN’s award winning “Queen Sugar.” Mabry’s upcoming projects include directing two episodes of Netflix’s new comedy series, “Dear White People.”


Sunday Noon at TCL Chinese Theaters 6

Gil Robertson, the president of the African American Film Critics Association, will examine representation of queer people of color during the last year in the news, film and TV., including when they got it right and got it wrong. Robertson also will talk about the intersecting identities of queer people of color.



2:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theater

Episodes of Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” will be followed by a chatfest with executive producer Norman Lear (“All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude”), co-creators Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, stars Justina Machado and Isabella Gomez and writers Becky Mann and Michelle Badillo. Part of the Q&A will address the queer experience in the Cuban-American culture.


3 p.m. at TCL Chinese Theaters 6

“Black Queer Magic: Shorts from the African Diaspora” is a series of shorts showcasing what it means to be black and queer.

“STAR” features, form left to right, Queen Latifah, Brittany O’Grady, Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Benjamin Bratt. Photo: Michael Lavine/FOX

5 p.m. at the Egyptian Theater

An unaired episode of the new Fox series, “Star,” followed by a discussion with creator Lee Daniels and stars Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady, Amiyah Scott and Miss Lawrence.


11 a.m. at the Egyptian Theater

“Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America,” a documentary about Moises Serrano, who was brought to the United States as a baby when When his parents risked everything to flee Mexico in search of the American dream. Growing up in the rural South as an undocumented gay man, forbidden to live and love in the country he calls home, Serrano sees only one option — to fight for justice and equality.

1:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theater

“And Still We Rise,” a documentary following the years-long resistance to the Anti-Homosexual Act in Uganda

2 p.m. at the TCL Chinese Theaters 6

“Out Run,” a feature documentary about the world’s first LGBTQ political party fighting for a congressional seat in the Philippines



3 p.m. at the Underground Museum

Have an interesting idea for a film but don’t know how to develop it into a full story? In this workshop, Andrew Ahn, a queer Korean-American filmmaker whose feature film “Spa Night” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at Outfest, will teach participants writing exercises that inspire the imagination and help brainstorm story possibilities.

The documentary “Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America” follows Moises Serrano, an undocumented gay man living in North Carolina.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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