Cheryl Dunye, The Watermelon Woman, 1996 (still); photo: courtesy TK


The Watermelon Woman

Friday, July 20, 2018

6 p.m.

Introduced by Cheryl Dunye

“Cheryl Dunye plays a version of herself in this witty, nimble landmark of New Queer Cinema. When the fledgling filmmaker becomes obsessed with the ‘most beautiful mammy’ spied in a 1930s movie, she embarks on a documentary about this ‘Watermelon Woman,’ along the way unpacking LGBT and Black film history and finding parallels between that Depression-era actress and herself. This is social critique at its most charming and audacious.”


Film Details

Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 1996
Running time: 90 min
Format: DCP
Director: Cheryl Dunye
Screenwriters: Cheryl Dunye
Producer: Alexandra Juhasz
Cinematographer: Michelle Crenshaw
Editor: Cheryl Dunye
Source: Cheryl Dunye

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