I have been sitting with Autostraddle’s stunning list of 100+ LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know: The Epic Black History Mega Post. I need more than a month to dig into the work and lives and impact of these women, so “Black History Month” is quickly turning into Black History Quarter. Seriously we do not need to contain anyone’s history in any single month. Today I share with you their post about Cheryl Dunye along with some YouTube clips. I think I need to have a Dunye film festival in my living room very soon once I figure out how to get all her films. Enjoy.
Cheryl Dunye is “the lesbian Spike Lee,” according to Newsday, and she’s also “a big fucking deal” according to anybody who knows anything about queer cinema. She’s had an extensive career as a filmmaker and within academia. She’s taught at UCLA, Pomona, The New School, California Institute of the Arts and Temple. She’s also the woman behind the groundbreaking lesbian film The Watermelon Woman, which snagged best feature at film festivals including L.A’s Outfest. She’s released four feature films, won numerous awards and prestigious grants, and seen her work screened at festivals internationally. She’s directed 13 films, including the 2012 epic queer porn flick Mommy is Coming and a story in 2013′s Valencia: The Movie, based on the book by Michelle Tea
Cheryl Dunye’s advice to aspiring filmmakers
Trailer for Watermelon Women