Memorial Film Pedro Kicks off Fusion Festival
BY Kyle Buchanan
March 06 2009 1:00 AM ET
Outfest moved its
Fusion Film Festival from December to March this year, and the
Los Angeles-based festival (which shines a spotlight on queer
people of color) couldn't have lucked out with better
For its closing night
gala the festival will be premiering Pedro, written by Dustin
Lance Black, whose moving acceptance speech after winning the
Original Screenplay Oscar for
has suddenly made him white-hot. Much like Black's previous
film, Pedro tells the story of a crusading gay activist who
died too young: HIV-positive Pedro Zamora, whose stint on
Season 3 of
The Real World
lent him a national platform to educate about AIDS-related
issues. Zamora died almost fifteen years ago at age 22, just
one day after his final appearance on
The Real World
Since so much footage
is available of Zamora, one might walk into Pedro expecting a
documentary --it's not, though it too often feels like it
should be. Fully the first third of the movie is devoted to
Zamora's Real World experience, but too much of it simply
reenacts scenes that were already broadcast to millions by MTV.
It's a dissonant hurdle the film can't quite recover from:
though we should be getting to know and love Pedro (Alex
Loynaz) in the early going, we're too distracted by the near-
spectacle of actors recreating Real World alums like Judd,
Puck, and Rachel.
- 7 Immediate Examples of Backlash to Indiana's 'Religious Freedom'
- Audra McDonald Rips Indiana Governor Over Law
- Trixie Mattel on Drag Race Elimination: 'It Was Rude'
- Texas Successfully Blocks New Federal Rights for Gay Couples
- Trans Teen Activist, Former Homecoming King, Dies in Charlotte, N.C.
- Gov. Mike Pence Just Gave Indiana a 'License to Discriminate'