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Film: The Watermelon Woman

June 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

$5 – $10

Cheryl Dunye’s queer cult work of autofiction has become a landmark of American indies—and won the Teddy Award for Best Feature at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival. Dunye herself steps into the role of Cheryl, a young Black filmmaker who spends her days working in a video store. Following Cheryl’s dating life and her aspirations to make a film about a 1930s actress, both of which prove comically hard to navigate, The Watermelon Woman flirts with Jacques Derrida’s concept of “archive fever” as Cheryl’s obsession with her project produces a new lease on her own identity and her position within history as an art-making, Black, lesbian body.

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Cheryl Dunye. WITH: Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valarie Walker, Lisa Marie Bronson. 1996. 90 min. USA. Color. English. DCP. Digital presentation courtesy of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project for LGBTQIA+ Moving Image Preservation.

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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
6067 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90036United States
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