As many of you know, I’ve been working closely with @kittcrusaders , a NPO #rescue that saves #cats and #kittens from high kill shelters, provide much needed medical care, food, and placement in furever homes in Southern #California over the past year. We continue to work hard to get the word out and to help get more donations and it is run 100% on volunteer time, especially now that #kitten season is upon us. Please consider donating, volunteering, or even adopting a cat from us and help us save lives. Even one dollar or share helps make a difference.
Opening the fest on Friday, March 4, is the 20th Anniversary screening of (digitally restored) cult film The Watermelon Woman, followed by a panel discussion the next day with writer-director Cheryl Dunye on her film’s lasting influence. Other screenings include the GLAAD Media Award–nominated BET documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church, Jake Witzenfeld’s Oriented, exploring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Made in Bangkok, Flavio Florencio’s fabulous documentary about a prestigious transgender pageant in Thailand and star contestant Morganna.
Receiving this year’s Fusion Achievement Award is Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe–winning director, producer, and writer Nisha Ganatra, who directed arguably the best episode of Transparent Season 1, “Moppa” (although it’s very hard to choose just only one). Ganatra is also responsible for the vivid late-90s treat Chutney Popcorn, an ahead-of-its-time story about love, family, and surrogacy.