Following #OscarsSoWhite and the poor showing of LGBT films at the just past Academy Awards, the 2016 Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival could not have come at a better time. Opening on March 4 in Los Angeles, the festival has a great lineup of scripted feature films and shorts, and will be honoring out filmmaker Nisha Ganatra (Chutney Popcorn, Transparent) at their gala on Saturday night.
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Outfest Fusion also has an outstanding selection of documentaries. Ahead of the festival’s opening, we’ve highlighted four documentaries you can’t miss.
The Revival: Women, Wine & the Word (2015) USA
A traveling salon-style performance art show led by queer women of color–need I say more? This film chronicles The Revival Poetry Tour and the women at its center. Founder and poet Jade Foster is joined by fellow poets T’ai Freedom Ford and Jonquille Rice, as well as musician/filmmaker Be Steadwell and tour manager Eli Turner. Seven cities, one van.
If you enjoy poetry readings, you’re going to love this film. The movie features several strong performances presented in front of deeply engaged audiences. The Revival Tour is at its core about building community among queer women of color. The packed rooms tell me they’ve succeeded in doing so.
Life on the road, however, doesn’t come without its bumps, including instances of racism. But it’s always nice when we can catch and call out bigots on camera, so there’s that. Fortunately, the majority of the road trip sees the women bonding. Indeed, by the film’s end you really get a sense of a family dynamic here.
The Revival: Women, Wine & the Word is like no other documentary you’ve seen before. And no, you don’t have to be into poetry to enjoy this film. But if you are, then it’s really a trip!
Visit the movie’s website to keep up with future screenings and release news.