Outfest has set the lineup for the 2022 Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Film Festival.
This year’s festival will feature 7 feature films, 52 short films, 3 episodics, a One-Minute Movie as well as workshops and panels. The in-person fest will kick off April 8 and continue through April 13 while the online iteration will start April 13 and continue through April 17. Visit OutfestFusion.com to purchase tickets.
This year marks for the 40th anniversary for Outfest and the 19th year of Outfest Fusion, which showcases the work of queer and trans filmmakers of color, providing the audiences and storytellers alike with the critical visibility that is needed to build careers, opportunities, and empathy for our stories.
“As we find ourselves back in a moment where our rights as LGBTQIA+ people are being taken away and our very existence silenced, we know these moves have a greater impact on LGBTQIA+ communities of color,” said Outfest Executive Director, Damien S. Navarro. “We have continued to evolve Outfest Fusion in ways we hope empower the next generation of storytellers to reshape their own narrative and to drive cultural change.”
Outfest Artistic Director, Faridah Gbadamosi added: “The programming at Outfest Fusion exists to directly close and challenge the systemic access gap for LGBTQIA+ people of color. With this year’s festival we continue to grow upon that mission and I’m very excited to work on creating solutions to these systemic problems.”
The fest includes the One-Minute Movie Contes which invites filmmakers of all levels to use their cell phones or cameras to shoot one-minute short films on the topic of “Past Lives, Future Dreams.” The films will be screened at Outfest Fusion Fête. The winners will receive cash prizes and will go on to play the Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival in July.
Read the complete slate of features and shorts programming below.
BLACK AS U R directed by Micheal Rice
- In the wake of Black Lives Matter, filmmaker Michael Rice addresses the trans/homophobia within the Black community by magnifying the stories of Black LGBTQ+ people and their contributions to the Black liberation movement.
FINLANDIA directed by Horacio Alcala
- Belonging to a community of muxes — untethered by the gender binary — Delirio, Amaranta, Mariano traverse their past, present, and future.
KEEP THE CAMERAS ROLLING: THE PEDRO ZAMORA WAY directed by William T. Horner, Stacey Woelfel
- He was clever, articulate, and good-looking. At only 22, Pedro Zamora, a gay Cuban immigrant, had the American public at the palm of his hands as he stepped into the limelight on MTV’s REAL WORLD. After contracting AIDS as a teenager, he dedicated his life to destigmatizing the narrative around the illness – and being the sympathetic beauty on national television helped do that. While KEEP THE CAMERAS ROLLING is an exhibition of Zamora’s most joyous moments, like his televised wedding, it also explores the role of the media in shaping a generation’s understanding of social issues. An amalgam of home videos, archival footage, and interviews with the Zamora family, REAL WORLD cast members, and various activists, the film examines the legacy of a young man who helped change the face of AIDS in America.
MUSTACHE MONDAYS (ARTBOUND) directed by Marianne Amelinckx
- “It was the best party in L.A. hands down.” See how a roving LGBTQ night club event in Los Angeles called “Mustache Mondays” became a creative incubator for today’s leading edge contemporary artists. This film examines the history of these spaces and how they shaped the Queer cultural fabric unique to Southern California.
TRANSVERSALS directed by Émerson Maranhão
- Émerson Maranhão’s documentary brings together the stories of five transgender people living in the state of Ceará in Brazil, recounting stories of being fearless alongside their absolute commitment to thrive.
WHITE FROG directed by Quentin Lee
- Nick is a highschool freshman on the Autism spectrum who idolizes his older brother Chaz, a popular straight-A student whose future seems set. When Chaz is suddenly killed in a tragic accident, Nick attempts to reconstruct the life his brother left behind, uncovering secrets that threaten to rip their family apart. Quentin Lee directs a tremendous ensemble cast of veteran and rising stars including B.D. Wong, Joan Chen, Harry Shum Jr., Henry David Hwang, Tyler Posey, Amy Hill, and Booboo Stewart in a gripping mystery of loss and redemption at the intersections of queerness, neurodiversity, and Asian-American identity.
WILDHOOD directed by Bretten Hannam
- Two brothers embark on a journey to find their birth mother after their abusive white father had lied for years about her whereabouts; along the way, they reconnect with their indigenous heritage and make a new friend.
A BLOOM directed by Antony Rangel Coll
- After returning home from conversion therapy, Nick seeks to move on from his previous partner. While catching up with his friends, he locks eyes with a strange yet familiar figure he eagerly hopes to meet.
A BRONX STORY directed by Bell Soto, Gabriel Peña
- Two queer Dominican men navigate modern love in New York City.
A FIRE THAT NEVER DIES directed by Chheangkea Ieng
- Overwhelmed with grief, Kai grows obsessed with the footsteps of his upstairs neighbor, a dancer whom he believes was sent as a sign by his late mother.
A WILD PATIENCE HAS TAKEN ME HERE directed by Érica Sarmet
- A lonely middle-aged motorcyclist goes to a lesbian party for the first time where she encounters four young queers who share a home and physical intimacies. This mingling of generations is a tribute to the queer elders who brought our community to where it is today.
ABUNDANCE directed by Kym Allen
- Love yourself? Easy. Why wouldn’t I? Feel the unbridled joy and energy of celebrating your body in this sumptuous short.
ALIYAH directed by Omar Dabbous
- Aliyah — a trans Muslim hijabi — is rejected from her own home, gathering the courage to speak out about her path toward building a new family, coming into her own identity on her own terms, and remaining devout to her faith despite the transphobia it may espouse.
ALL I EVER WANTED directed by Erin Lau
- Rom-com obsessed teen Christine has internalized the desire for a Prince Charming until the possibility of a Princess Charming dethrones her expectations.
ANACONDA directed by Joshua Amar
- Are you ever really safe online? Our protagonist’s late night dalliances take a suspenseful turn for the worse in this NSFW short.
AND YET directed by Lucretia Knapp, Lynne Yamamoto
- A meditation on love and the inevitability of loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BLOOD HANA directed by Mary Evangelista
- Lily, a teenage girl attending a Catholic school, questions the teachings of the Catholic Church when she befriends a new student who brings out the blood flowers in her.
CREAM OR SUGAR directed by Rachel Rambaldi
- Two best friends face ultimate destruction within their fabricated world of grandeur.
CYCLE ONE directed by Serge Garcia
- In this screen adaptation of The Interrogative Mood by Padgett Powell, a drifter wanders the streets as a stream of queries invites the viewer to consider daily existence.
DECOLONIZING GENDER directed by Maryna Harrison
- A counter-cultural short doc celebrating the subversion of gender and historic colonialist narratives, centering the Indigenous community around a day of expression at Hot Donna.
DECRIMINALIZE NOW: AKIA’S STORY directed by Kenya-Jade Pinto
- A young non-binary blacktivist’s flight for the decriminalization of drugs for harm reduction.
DRESS UP directed by Karina Dandashi
- Karina’s home to attend her younger sister’s marriage festivities. She brought along her “college roommate” Denise. They’re queer and not out; how will Karina handle all the pent-up tension she feels?
EGÚNGÚN (MASQUERADE) directed by Olive Nwosu
- A woman returns to Lagos in search of something she’s lost, and instead finds herself on a journey of self-discovery while examining her past with a new lens.
EVER WANTING (FOR MARGARET CHUNG) directed by TT Takemoto
- An envisioned look into the life of Margaret Chung and her world of sapphic surgeries, queer flights of fancy, and drugs.
EZRA directed by Joshua Hernandez
- Is harmony achievable when one’s passion is restrained by their physical inability? Ezra, a dancer battling chronic illness, finds tranquility in nature while on a camping trip with their boyfriend.
F^¢K ‘€M R!GHT B@¢K directed by Harris Doran
- An aspiring rapper attempts to run circles around their tyrannical boss in order to escape the job-threatening consequences of accidentally eating an edible.
FIRSTS directed by Jesse Ung
- A closeted Chinese student living abroad in New Zealand decides to lose his virginity to a stranger he meets online on the eve of Lunar New Year.
FLAMES directed by Deondray Gossfield, Quincy LeNear Gossfield
- A confession of love turns weird when friends gather for a post graduation party in a remote cabin.
FRESH MEAT directed by Lu Asfaha
- A digital content company notorious for chewing up and spitting out young writers harbors a darker secret.
FROM X TO Z directed by Florencia Manovil
- A cranky Gen X butch is forced to spend time with a genderqueer Gen Z’er whose gender-affirming upbringing and experiences elicits the former to critique how kids today have it easier. Generational differences aside, the two find comfort in their similarities that defy generation.
HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH directed by Tebogo Malebogo
- Coming to realizations about their sexuality, Tau embarks on a journey which in turn sets off emotions in Tumelo; the two will never be the same.
HOT VAXXX SUMMER directed by Johaira Michelle Dilauro
- You’ve been cooped up for far too long — it’s time for a HOT VAXXX SUMMER!
LOVE & REVOLUTION directed by Jacqui North
- A mixture of visual images paired with spoken word which serves as a call to action and tribute to Candy Royalle.
MASISI WOUJ directed by Zé Kielwagen, Marcos Serafim, Steevens Siméon
- A queer tribute to the Lwa, Vodou gods and goddesses who once inspired a revolution.
MEMOIRS OF THE (NON)EXISTENT ME directed by Thiago Kistenmacker
- Bia loves Marina, and nothing would change that. Despite years of erasure and non-acceptance by Marina’s biological family, her lover and chosen family are adamant about completing one final, necessary, and affirming gesture.
NASIR directed by Nasir Bailey, Jackson Kroopf
- A bracingly intimate portrayal of trans identity, following Nasir in his journey to live in his truth and be accepted.
NATHAN JOE: HOMECOMING POEMS directed by Nahyeon Lee
- Nathan Joe has some things TO SAY. Words from an East Asian Kiwi chronicling his battles with identity using performance poetry.
NOVENA directed by Fernando Lopez
- A death in the family forces old friends back together where, over the course of a night, their relationship unravels into unresolved emotion.
ONE MAGENTA AFTERNOON directed by Vernon Jordan, III
- Les and his Pop Pop summon six queer spirits through jazz to connect Les to the strength and guidance of his queer ancestry.
PORTAL directed by Rodney Evans
- Reflections on connection during the pandemic, and finding joy in small and unsuspecting ways.
QUEER PARIVAAR directed by Shiva Raichandani
- Madhav and Sufi must confront family secrets on the night of their wedding, thereby altering their definition of what constitutes a family.
SALMAN TOOR’S EMERALD GREEN directed by Adam Golfer
- A talented Pakistani-born New York artist distinguished by his use of emerald green reflects on what it is to be an artist as he prepares for an art show.
SECOND PARENT directed by Penny PJ Chen
- Parenting for Julia and Kat is overcoming “mommy challenges.” When their daughter, Becca, asks for the one thing Kat has difficulty giving, will doing it “anyway” to please Becca, supersede all the anxiety she feels?
SEX(UAL) HEALING directed by Maximus Skaff
- By amplifying the voices of sex workers, healers, sex educators, and therapists, this doc presents how participating in certain sex practices can foster liberation, autonomy, and ultimately become a tool for healing.
SMALL CONGRATULATIONS directed by Jessie Posthumus
- You have underwhelming athletic capabilities and still take part in a league sport like hockey. This short doc introduces us to writer Izzy who has finally found what has eluded her since 8th grade.
STEPHEN & JAMES: BEST GIRLFRIENDS directed by Dave Quantic
- What is queer friendship? This short delves into the connections that subvert heteronormative standards
SUPER // MAN directed by Marcos Dávalos Loor
- A gay young man finds out how high he can get, and how low he can go, when he finds himself trapped inside of sex club with a devilish older man.
TAFFETA directed by Lovell Holder
- As a toxic phone sex relationship spirals out of control, the titular Taffeta must confront whether they will be able to break out of the destructive habits and crippling loneliness that have haunted their life.
THE BIRTH OF A BEAUTIFUL BUTCH directed by Gia-Rayne Harris
- It’s school picture day! And we all know what that means: awkward smiles into the camera and kids in their best looks trying to make their family proud. But Alex is stuck, go with the flow or break from convention?
THE FISH WITH ONE SLEEVE directed by Tsuyoshi Shoji
- Hikari Shintani, a trans woman who feels distanced from her cis female colleagues at work, must return to her hometown for a business trip. She gathers the courage to reconnect with an old classmate while in town, and arrives at a shocking reunion.
THE SYED FAMILY XMAS EVE GAME NIGHT directed by Fawzia Mirza
- Family holidays, amirite? A Queer Pakistani Muslim woman navigates dicey waters when she brings her partner home for the annual family game night.
THESE HANDS LAY OPEN directed by Tatiana Garnett
- A visual meditation exploring the emotional vulnerability in Black selfhood and liberation.
TRUTHLESS directed by Badou Zhao
- Stand-up comedian Lady Lin faces the lies her family spread about her supposed passing to evade acknowledging her trans identity amidst the news of her mother’s untimely death. Her only hope of processing her conflicting emotions surrounding the trauma behind her parents disowning her comes through her performance onstage.
UPUNTILNOW directed by Brandon Kazen-Maddox, Kevin Newbury, and Marcus Shields
- This experimental short asks us to ponder questions regarding finding our tribe. What risks do we take to be with those who can help us discover who we gloriously need to become?
WARSHA directed by Dania Bdeir
- A crane operator working in Beirut volunteers to take on one of the most dangerous rigs in Lebanon. Despite the setting, he is propelled to live out his secret passion and find freedom in the high air.
WECKUWAPASIHTIT (THOSE YET TO COME) directed by Geo Neptune and Brianna Smith
- Young Peskotomuhkati people practice healing and connect with their ancestors through the process of athasikuwi-pisun, “tattoo medicine.”
WINTER INSECT, SUMMER FLOWER directed by Tee Jaehyung Park and Gbenga Komolafe
- A trans woman journeys through the seasons as she breaks from her physical shell.
WORK directed by April Maxey
- Moving to a new city after a painful break up, Gabriella falls back into the night.
FORTHEBOYS, EP. 1 directed by Mekhai Lee, Ellis C. Dawson
- Four friends traverse everyday black life, confident they’ve created that one space every week to be “a little extra” and still feel accepted — what’s in store when someone decides to “Be You, They’ll Adjust?”
FRAGRANCE OF THE FIRST FLOWER directed by Angel I-Han Teng
- Two women navigate family and falling in love in a story that blends the past and the present in the hopes of a better future.
THE HOUSE directed by Kurt T. Jones
- Join us for a special screening of the first QTBIPOC talk show, followed by a panel with the series’ creators. Learn what it takes to build a show from the ground up, and how to overcome the obstacles to get a deal with a network.