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The Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Film Festival has plucked a pair of high-profile honorees for an April 17 event. I May Destroy You creator and star Michaela Coel will receive the Fusion Achievement Award while newly-minted Oscar nominee Andra Day will receive the James Schamus Ally Award, doled out on the heels of her star turn in Lee Daniels’ The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
The Fusion Achievement Award “recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to LGBTQIA+ stories, arts, and media visibility” and will be given to Coel for her body of work which also includes the breakout series Chewing Gum. Prior recipients include Nisha Ganatra, Angela Robinson, Rose Troche, Wilson Cruz, Alec Mapa, Patrik-Ian Polk, Cheryl Dunye, Brickson Diamond and Rikki Beadle-Blair. Day’s James Schamus Ally Award recognizes “a great ally to the LGBTQIA+ community.” Day has been a longtime supporter of the community and her song “Rise Up” has become an anthem of powering over adversity.
Of the honorees, fest executive director Damien Navarro said, “Outfest Fusion believes that honoring one of the most incredible, talented, and inspiring voices and storytellers of our generation will inspire Outfest Fusion’s Black creators, across all mediums, and also send a strong message within the industry that we need to include, support and finance exponentially more independent voices.”
Outfest Fusion kicks off April 16 and will include five days of entertainment, education, screenings, community workshops, a One Minute Movie Contest, music performances, networking and hybrid festival drive-in events. A full schedule and ticket information can be found here.
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