Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman to be screened in San Francisco (Facebook)

Watermelon Woman

I would LOVE to be there. San Francisco peeps, this is a must-see event co-presented by Frameline. From Facebook,

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Cheryl Dunye‘s beloved film The Watermelon Woman (1996) has been restored and digitally remastered for worldwide release. Please join SFIFF Expanded as we explore the cultural and political impact of the first feature film directed by a Black lesbian, how its wide release to critical acclaim marked a watershed moment for the New Queer Cinema of the 1990s, and the ways in which it continues to inspire filmmakers, artists and audiences around the globe. Following the screening, Dunye will appear in person for an after-film conversation with SF State Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies Darius Bost. Bost is currently working on an interdisciplinary study of black gay cultural movements during the early era of the AIDS epidemic.

Dunye plays a version of herself in the film—a 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.

Co-presented by Frameline.

San Francisco International Film Festival
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2 PM PDT
Castro Theatre

Can’t get to San Francisco? Watch The Watermelon on Amazon Prime.
Read Reel Charlie’s 5 star review of the Queer Cinema classic, The Watermelon Woman.



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