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The Watermelon Woman

Cheryl DUNYE
USA 1996 85min DCP color Fiction 18 Korean Premiere
Schedule
Code Date Time Theater Info Ticket
342 2021. 05. 01 19:00 CINE Q Jeonju Film Street 4
EK18GV
634 2021. 05. 04 20:30 CINE Q Jeonju Film Street 2
EK18
Overview

A young black lesbian filmmaker probes into the life of The Watermelon Woman, a 1930s black actress who played “mammy” archetypes.

Review

Cheryl Dunye established her own style of filmmaking, “Dunyementary”, by mixing the narrative structure of a feature film with a personal documentary. The Watermelon Woman portrays a director who makes a documentary about black actors in silent films by humorously connecting sexual identity and film history. Dunye made a political choice to make a new history for black women's films and to create a non-existent genealogy using the feature film as a tool. This film was recorded in history as the first feature film directed by an African-American lesbian after the term New Queer Cinema emerged in the 1990s, and was the winner of the Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival 1996. (Sung MOON)

CREDIT
  • ScreenplayCheryl DUNYE
  • ProducerBarry SWIMAR, Alexanda JUHASZ
  • CinematographyMichelle CRENSHAW
  • Production DesignRobert "Ratface" HOLTZMAN
  • MusicPaul SHAPIRO
  • EditorAnnie TAYLOR
  • SoundJack A. MEHILBAUM
CastCheryl DUNYE, Guinevere TURNER, Valerie WALKER, Lisa Marie BRONSON
FILM SOURCE
Jingletown Films / jingletownfilms@gmail.com
DIRECTOR
Cheryl DUNYE
Born in Liberia, Cheryl Dunye is a director and producer, known for The Watermelon Woman, Stranger Inside (2001), and TV series Lovecraft Country (2020).
Sponsor
Jeonju Office

(54999) 2F, JEONJU Cine Complex, 22, Jeonjugaeksa 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea T. +82 (0)63 288 5433 F. +82 (0)63 288 5411

Seoul Office

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JEONJU Cine Complex

(54999) JEONJU Cine Complex, 22, Jeonjugaeksa 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea T. +82 (0)63 231 3377

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