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Screening: The Watermelon Woman

March 10, 2016
Price Auditorium
Free with museum admission

This screening of the seminal film, The Watermelon Woman (1996), now newly restored for its 20th anniversary, accompanies The Fae Richards Archive, 82 photographs by Zoe Leonard, currently on view in the exhibition Nothing Personal: Zoe Leonard, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson.

The Watermelon Woman follows Cheryl, a black lesbian experimental filmmaker and video store clerk, as she mines history for details about the life of an obscure black actress from the 1930s named Fae Richards. Director Cheryl Dunye searched for a black lesbian heritage in Hollywood and was left wanting. She went on, with Leonard, to invent one through photography and film. This “real” archive of a fictional character is inseparable from the film and served as its source material

Jacqueline Stewart, professor of cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago and curator at Black Cinema House, will lead a conversation about the film.

This film contains mature content.

Photo courtesy of 13th Gen LLC.