Viewers of Cheryl Dunye’s film THE WATERMELON WOMAN fell in love with her self-deprecating and insightful wit – not to mention the great cast she assembled (including herself). But what came before this modern-day classic?
Presented here are the films that started it all – the early works which gave birth to this extraordinary talent. They include:
Greetings from Africa – Cheryl, playing herself, humorously experiences the mysteries of lesbian dating in the ’90s. “A winsome comic confessional!” – New York Press
The Potluck and the Passion – Sparks fly as racial, sexual and social politics intermingle at a lesbian potluck.
An Untitled Portrait – Dunye’s relationship with her brother is examined in this mixture of appropriated film footage, super 8mm home movies and Dunye’s special brand of humor.
Vanilla Sex – Is it who you do, or what you do?
She Won’t Fade – A self-reflexive look at the sexuality of a young black lesbian. “Sharp, funny and insightful!” – Film Scholar
Janine – The story of a black lesbian’s relationship with a white, upper middle class high school girl.
Awards & Quotes
“The lesbian Spike Lee – she’s hysterically funny!” – Newsday “Cheryl Dunye has a passion for ideas.” – The Advocate “Talent and open-heartedness.” – New York Times “Dunye’s early short films fuse humor, intelligence and drama in the world of urban, young black lesbians as they make their way through the murky waters of love, friendship and dating.” – Outfest
- Interview with Cheryl Dunye Director's intro Dunye bio and filmography Color and B&W