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Outfest Fusion will kick off with new episode of “Empire” – Rose Troche to be honored

It’s almost time for Outfest Fusion: LGBT People of Color Film Festival.

I’m hoping to catch as many programs as I can because this is always such a great weekend event at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

This year’s edition takes place on March 13 and 14.

The event kicks off with a screening of an upcoming episode of my new favorite show Empire followed by a Q&A with the show’s producers.

Also that evening is the Los Angeles premiere of the new digitally restored print of Paris Is Burning courtesy of the Sundance Institute, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and Miramax.

This year’s Outfest Fusion line-up also boasts the World Premiere of Ascendance: Angels Of Change, about the Trans youth group at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles run by Bamby Salcedo; and the US Premiere of Stories of Our Lives from Kenya, which just played the Berlin Film Festival, as well as the romantic comedy Eat With Me.

Now in its 12th year, Outfest Fusion is the only multicultural LGBT film festival of its kind, is presented by HBO and supported by NBCUniversal and Nielsen and is funded in part by the David Bohnett Foundation.

Writer, Director and Producer Rose Troche (Go Fish, The Safety of Objects, “The L Word”) will receive the 2015 Fusion Achievement Award, which will be presented by the stars of The L Word prior to the Fusion Gala Short Films on Saturday, March 14.

Outfest Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer said in a statement: ‘We are truly thrilled to honor the prolific and groundbreaking Rose Troche with the 2015 Fusion Achievement Award. Her contribution to storytelling and filmmaking for the past two decades is full of intelligent characters and authentic representations of our community. Rose is one of the most powerful voices we have, and she embodies the very spirit of Outfest Fusion.’

Other programs: Fresh off its win at the Independent Spirit Awards is a special screening of Dear White People coupled with a Q&A with its filmmakers; a screening of the documentary The Year We Thought About Love which follows an LGBT youth theater troupe in Boston; an encore screening of I Am Happiness On Earth; and a thought-provoking selection of Documentary Shorts entitled Truth Be Told.

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