co-presented with the Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Panorama | Black History Month
Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye) is 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.
2K HD restoration,
"Adventurous…funny…wonderful!" The New York Times
"A wry, exhilarating comedy, at once romantic and sharply observant." - Los Angeles Times
"A vital example of New Queer Cinema, but it’s more than a time capsule. Funny and smart, full of astute observations about identity and history, Cheryl Dunye’s audacious, joyous debut feature captures the process of falling hopelessly in love with the movies." Village Voice
*Please note most screenings are 19+. $5 screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse not included.