Sunday, March 8th SCHEDULE

Fusion Workshop: Crafting a Pitch that Sells

Discover the best way to present your project in order to hook a producer, actor, or executive. Having developed and sat through way too many pitches, queer Latinx producer and creative executive David Sigurani will work you through the elements of an undeniable story pitch. From your story’s world, theme, and tone to your beats and characters, stir up all the necessary ingredients to establish why you should be the one to make the next hit film or TV series! Participants in this workshop are encouraged to prepare a three minute pitch of their current project for potential feedback. 

Sunday, March 8

12:00 PM

Second Home

Shorts Series: Beyond Borders

Stories centered around first- and second-generation immigrants across multiple continents investigate the tension between fulfilling familial obligations, meeting cultural expectations, and adjusting to a new country, all refracted through the prism of a queer lens. From the threat of deportations to romantic awakenings, through discovering histories to revealing traumas, this program celebrates the beauty and texture of our intersectionality and varied experiences.

Sunday, March 8

12:30 PM

Regal LA Live 13

Fusion Workshop: Film Journalism & Criticism: A Crash Course

Who gets to write about the films, stories, and artists that matter to you? QTPOC writers are largely underrepresented at major outlets, and access to opportunity can be tough. Journalist and critic Tre’vell Anderson will guide you through the business of pitching to outlets, surviving the freelance game, while also advising you on the basics of writing style that’ll get your work noticed by the right outlets. Participants encouraged to bring in maximum 200-word capsule reviews or write-ups for possible feedback!

Sunday, March 8

2:00 PM

Second Home

Feature Film: Walking With Shadows

Ebele Njoko, a Nigerian man who has spent his life hiding the truth about himself, must deal with the ripple effects when his secret is revealed.

Sunday, March 8

2:30 PM

Regal LA Live 11

Feature Film: Welcome to the USA

Approved for a Green Card to emigrate to the U.S., Aliya navigates her life in Kazakhstan as an independent, lesbian woman for the last time.

Sunday, March 8

3:15 PM

Regal LA Live 13

Fusion Workshop Roundtable: Writers on Writing

Join this diverse group of writers as they discuss their professional experiences in the television industry. Geetika Lizardi, Henry Alberto, and Mfoniso Udofia, will get real about what really happens in the writers’ room and what it takes to survive and thrive.

Sunday, March 8

4:00 PM

Second Home

Special Event Panel: Fusion’s Rising Stars

Their magnetic talent has lead their careers to the verge of a major breakout, and now these six young, up-and-coming queer-identified actors of color will come together at Fusion to discuss their pathway to success in the industry, the relatively new space being carved out for QTPOC in film and television, and their advice to young hopefuls seeking to follow in their footsteps. Discussion will be moderated by Managing Editor of The Advocate, David Artavia.

Sunday, March 8

5:00 PM

Regal LA Live 11

Feature Film: Yeh Freedom Life

Sachi and Parveen respectively navigate the currents and swings of queer love and strive to live freely in a dense and cacophonous neighborhood in New Delhi, India.

Sunday, March 8

6:00 PM

Regal LA Live 13

Feature Film: Driveways

Hong Chau shines as Kathy, a young mother whose stalled life takes surprising new directions when she and her sensitive, young son spend a summer in a small New York town.

Sunday, March 8

7:00 PM

Regal LA Live 11

Shorts Series: The Art of Self-Expression

Lyrical, innovative, and exhilarating, these short films examine queer people from all walks of life discovering their voice, tapping into their creative powers, and embracing their unfiltered truth. Deploying a myriad of mediums and visual elements, this dynamic and eclectic program offers unique cinematic takes on dance, poetry, sculpture, erotica, and music — all filtered through the eyes of queer POC individuals feeling their way through the world. This is an exuberant and vital collection of vanguard voices staking their claim in life and art.

Sunday, March 8

8:30 PM

Regal LA Live 13

Feature Film: Breaking Fast

Set against a vibrant West Hollywood backdrop during the holy month of Ramadan, Mo navigates life after heartbreak with faith, food, and the promise of a new relationship.

Sunday, March 8

9:15 PM

Regal LA Live 11