Outfest Fusion Lab underway in LA

Outfest Fusion Lab 2014 logoBY LESBIAN.COM

Outfest, the world’s leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen, has announced the line-up of its second annual Fusion Lab. A pop-up micro-cinema and media lab, Fusion Lab will be housed at Kaos Network (4343 S. Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles) in Leimert Park. All programs, workshops and screenings are free and open to the public; Fusion Lab is open March 21–April 19.

Supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, Fusion Lab provides free workshops in screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, digital media storytelling and how to thrive as an artist. The workshops are taught by accomplished filmmakers, many of whom are Outfest Alumni, including Kyle Patrick Alvarez (“C.O.G.”), Doug Spearman (“Noah’s Arc,” “Hot Guys with Guns”), Lena Waithe (producer, “Dear White People”), D’Lo (“Coming Out,” “Coming Home”), Deondray Gossfield and Quincy LeNear Gossfield (“The DL Chronicles”), and Taj Paxton (veteran film exec and Outfest Fusion Programmer).

“Our first ever Fusion Lab in Highland Park last year was an incredible success,” said Outfest Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer, “Outfest is committed to nurturing emerging artists and to creating new forms of audience engagement. We are excited to see the stories that are created by the community of Leimert Park, and the films that come out of our One-Minute Film Competition.”

The screenings include audience favorites and award-winning films from Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival and Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival. Highlights are: “Mississippi Damned” (Tina Mabry), “Valentine Road” (Marta Cunningham), “Transvisible: The Bamby Salcedo Story” (Dante Alencastre) and “DL Chronicles – The Chadwick Journals” (Deondray Gossfield and Quincy LeNear Gossfield).

For the complete schedule and to sign up for free, visit OUTFEST.

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