An Evening with Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye hosted by Joel Barraquiel Tan
Join us for a screening of THE WATERMELON WOMAN, Cheryl Dunye's debut feature which follows Cheryl, played by herself, as she struggles to make a video-documentary about a beautiful 1930’s film actress popularly known as “the Watermelon Woman.” The film features many notables from the lesbian and gay community including: Guin Turner (Go Fish), Sarah Schulman, Camille Paglia and highlights the photography of Zoe Leonard. Produced by Barry Swimar (Paris is Burning) and Alexandra Juhasz, and distributed in the U.S. by First Run Features.
A Q+A with Cheryl will follow the film screening.
Cheryl Dunye is a native of Liberia and received her BA from Temple University and MFA from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Dunye has received numerous national and international honors for her work in the media arts.
Her fourth feature film THE OWLS, was celebrated at national and international film festivals in 2010. Her third feature film, Miramax’s, MY BABY’S DADDY, was a box office success and played at theaters nationwide. Dunye’s second feature, the acclaimed HBO Films, STRANGER INSIDE, garnered Dunye an Independent Spirit award nomination for best director in 2002.
Dunye wrote, directed and starred in her first film which was the first African American lesbian feature film, THE WATERMELON WOMAN. It was awarded the Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and best feature in L.A.’s OutFest, Italy’s Torino, and France’s Creteil Film Festivals. Dunye’s other works have been included in the Whitney Biennial and screened at festivals in New York, London, Tokyo, Cape Town, Amsterdam and Sydney. Dunye has served on the Directors Guild of America’s Independent Council and on the advisory board for New York’s Independent Film Project’s Gordon Parks Award. She was also a mentor for IFP/ West Project Involve and a board member of Los Angeles OUTFEST.
Presently she is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Queer Cultural Center, sits on the board of Radar Productions, and is on the advisory board of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. In addition Dunye has received grants from the Astraea Foundation and Frameline; a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts; a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation; and graced with the prestigious Anonymous was a Woman Award as well as a lifetime achievement award from Girlfriend’s Magazine. Based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Dunye is at work on several new projects.
Admission: Free + donations gratefully accepted
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