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Title The watermelon woman / written and directed by Cheryl Dunye ; produced Barry Swimar, Alexandra Juhasz
Published [New York, NY] : First Run Features, 1996


Description 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 86 min.)) : sound, color
Summary Cheryl Dunye's debut feature is as controversial as it is sexy and funny. Cheryl is a twenty-something black lesbian working as a clerk in a video store while struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, an obscure black actress from the 1930's. Cheryl is surprised to discover that Richards (known popularly as "the Watermelon Woman") had a white lesbian lover. At the same time, Cheryl falls in love with a very cute white customer at the video store (Guinevere Turner from Go Fish). Such are the complexities of race and sex in this startlingly fresh debut, which has been attacked by conservative Congressmen for having been funded by the NEA and lavishingly praised in the editorial pages for being charming and courageous
Notes Originally produced by First Run Features in 1996
Digitally preserved and remastered by UCLA Film & Television Archive as part of the Outfest UCLC Legacy Project"--Title screens
Streaming video file
Originally released in 1996; re-released
Credits Cinematographer, Michelle Crenshaw ; editor, Annie Taylor ; composer, Paul Shaprio
Cast Cheryl Dunye (Cheryl), Guinevere Turner (Diana), Valarie Walker (Tamara), Lisa Marie Bronson (Fae "The Watermelon Woman" Richards)
Notes Soundtrack in English
Description based on online resource; title from title screens (Kanopy, viewed November 4, 2019)
Winner, Best Feature Film, Berlin International Film Festival
Subject Lesbians, Black -- Drama
African American actresses -- Drama
Lesbians -- Drama
Lesbians, Black.
African American actresses.
Documentary films.
Genre/Form Streaming video
Fiction films.
Documentary-style films.
Documentary films.
Feature films.
Feature films.
Documentary-style films.
Fiction films.
Films de fiction.
Form Streaming video
Author Dunye, Cheryl, screenwriter, film director, actor.
Swimar, Barry, film producer.
Juhasz, Alexandra, film producer.
Crenshaw, Michelle, cinematographer
Taylor, Annie, editor and co-executive producer, editor of moving image work.
Shapiro, Paul, 1956- composer (expression)
Turner, Guinevere, actor.
Walker, Valarie, actor.
Bronson, Lisa Marie, actor.