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Filmmaker Screening: The Watermelon Woman

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Post-show Q&A with filmmaker Cheryl Dunye.

The story of Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye), a twenty-something black lesbian struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, a beautiful and elusive 1930s black film actress popularly known as “The Watermelon Woman.” While uncovering the meaning of Fae Richards’ life, Cheryl experiences a total upheaval in her personal life. Her love affair with Diana (Guinevere Turner, GO FISH), a beautiful white woman, and her interactions with the gay and black communities, are subject to the comic yet biting criticism of her best friend Tamara (Valerie Walker). Meanwhile, each answer Cheryl discovers about the Watermelon Woman evokes a flurry of new questions about herself and her future. — First Run Features

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Pre-show snacks will be provided by Dixie Quicks starting at 6 pm.

Special thanks to Film Streams’ sponsor for visiting artists, Hilton Omaha.

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Directed By
Cheryl Dunye

Starring
Cheryl Dunye
Guinevere Turner

Running Time
90 minutes

MPAA Rating
Not Rated

Distributed By
First Run Features

Country of Origin
USA

Release Year
1996

Series
Gender Revolt!