Starting tonight and ending tomorrow night, OutFest presents films showcasing the diversity of the LGBT community.
Some of the films shown Friday Night include:
The DL Chronicles Returns, Chadwick Journals & Hot Guys With Guns
Dir. Deondray Gossett and Quincy LeNear; Dir. Doug Spearman
This eventful slate of eye candy features new episodes, webisodes, and a sneak peek of delicious manhood. The latest installment of Deondray Gossett and Quincy LeNear’s sultry drama “The DL Chronicles,” filled with hot-bodied brothas working the down-low circuit —and the winner of two Fusion Audience Awards and one GLAAD Award — does not disappoint, and the gorgeousness continues with Gossett and LeNear’s new web series, “The Chadwick Journals,” which explores the DL life through a dangerously sensuous encounter between a writer and his subject. As a special bonus, we’ll top off the program with a preview of selected scenes from Doug Spearman’s (“Noah’s Arc”) upcoming sexy comedy HOT GUYS WITH GUNS.
Dir. Dino Dinco, 2008, 3 min
An intimate portrait of local educator and poet Joe Jimenez, shot on location in San Antonio, Texas.
My Brother The Devil
Dir. Sally El Hosaini, 2012, 101 min
This moving story about two British Arab brothers in London follows Mo, a lonely, sensitive boy who idolizes his older brother, Rashid, a charismatic, well-respected member of a local gang. Aching to be seen as a tough guy himself, Mo takes a job that unlocks a fateful turn of events and forces the brothers to confront their inner demons.
Some of the films shown Saturday night include:
Kimchi Fried Dumplings
Dir. Jason Karman, 2012, 15 min
An Asian Canadian man comes home with a new boyfriend for Christmas to find his younger brother, who is also gay, resentful for being left to care for their aging parents.
Dir. Erica Cho, 2013, 3 min
A queer/transgender story about two people of color: recent high-school graduates who try to make ends meet while navigating adulthood and community college.
Tribute To Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee was a groundbreaking and transgressive filmmaker whose work touched many lives. His films Trappings of Transhood and Alley of the Tranny Boys were just part of his varied résumé — he was co-founder of Tranny Fest (which evolved into the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival) and also the first FTM grand marshall of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade.
Outfest Fusion Filmmaker Aurora Guerrero
Aurora Guerrero’s Mosquita y Mari, which will have a reprise screening at Outfest Fusion 2013, was one of last year’s most acclaimed debut features, but Guerrero is no overnight sensation. Her current success comes off of years of hard work, both in academia (she has a B.A. in Psychology and Chicano Studies from UC-Berkeley and an M.F.A. in Film Directing from Cal Arts) and on the set. In addition to her acclaimed short films Pura Lengua and Viernes Girl, Guerrero paid her dues working with the directors of such prominent Latino films as Real Women Have Curves and Outfest 2009 Opening Night Gala La Mission. It’s a thrill to have Guerrero back at Fusion with her latest film, which screened as the Fusion Centerpiece at Outfest 2012.
What film/s have you presented at Fusion in the past?
Pura Lengua and Viernes Girl
How has Fusion (and Outfest) helped you to get your stories to a wider audience?
They have always been a wonderful platform for bridging our work with predominately queer of color audiences. As a queer woman of color filmmaker this space is validating and empowering.
What challenges do POC filmmakers face in telling and sharing LGBT stories?
Challenges continue to be access to financing, largely because the industry doesn’t believe there is an audience for lgbt themed films.
Besides screening at Fusion, what advice do you have for other queer filmmakers of color in getting their work out to more viewers?
There are more digital platforms available to filmmakers. I think filmmakers have to stay up-to-date on what those opportunities are.
What are your strategies over the next few years to grow your audience?
Aside from continuing to work on my craft so as to tell stronger stories, I think my work continues to be about engaging communities throughout my filmmaking process. These grass-roots relationships ground my projects via a strong word of mouth which, in turn, results in a growing audience for my films.
Do you have a specific memory of attending a Fusion screening (either for your own film or someone else’s) that has stayed with you?
I can’t say I have a specific memory. More than anything I remember the immense pride I felt in being able to offer stories to Fusions’ audience that they could directly identify with.
Mosquita Y Mari
Strange Frame: Love & Sax
The Young and Evil
Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992
Short Film showcased at the festival
Bobby works at his parents dry cleaners on prom weekend. When the prom queen and her boyfriend, stop by with their dress and tuxedo, Bobby has his own prom to remember.
There are more films that can be found at the Source 1,2
If you would like to share information on other LGBT related films/film festivals and/or LGBT related media , feel free to do so in the comments! I'd like to learn more more about them and others may want to do so as well! I would like to see that Strange Frame: Love & Sax film from the trailers.