The Watermelon Woman

The Watermelon Woman

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The first film by and about an African-American lesbian, writer-director Cheryl Dunye's fantasy is a "mockumentary," focusing on recapturing the life and times of a fictionalized 1930s Hollywood actress. Dunye plays herself as a video store employee who yearns to be a director. She decides to make a documentary about Fae Richards (Lisa Marie Bronson), a forgotten African-American actress from the 1930s. Dunye discovers the woman, who often played degrading roles as a "mammy" in Hollywood films, was the secret lover of a white director, Martha Paige. Dunye interviews feminist historian Camille Paglia (playing herself), who explains Richards' career and its importance. While researching the project, Dunye falls in love with Diana (Guinevere Turner), a white customer. But her unceasing work on the film project interferes with her relationships with Diana and also with her friend and fellow video store employee Tamara (Valarie Walker). ~ Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2017
UPC: 0720229917230
Original Release: 1996
Rating: NR
Source: First Run Features
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 39,728

Special Features


Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cheryl Dunye Cheryl
Guinevere Turner Diana
Valerie Walker Tamara
Lisa Marie Bronson Actor
Camille Paglia Actor
Brian Freeman Actor

Technical Credits
Cheryl Dunye Director,Screenwriter
Keylan Bradley Casting
Sharon Levin Cohen Casting
Bill Coleman Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Bill Coleman Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Michelle Crenshaw Camera Operator,Cinematographer
Renae Dinerman Asst. Director
Jimmy Ford Sound Editor
John Gorbec Consultant/advisor
Robert Holzman Production Designer
Tom Jucarone Sound Mixer
Alexandra Juhasz Producer
Michael Light Executive Producer
Gail Lloyd Casting
Joy Malinowski Associate Producer
Jack Mehlbaum Sound/Sound Designer
Burke Moody Co-producer
Rob Sayers Sound Mixer
Paul Shapiro Score Composer
Sharon Stein Production Manager
Barry Swimar Producer
Annie Taylor Editor
Magall Taylor Sound Editor
Cate Wilson Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Watermelon Woman
1. An Outcast [7:19]
2. The Uncensored World [10:22]
3. School and Family [8:43]
4. Stepping Out [4:30]
5. Big Break [7:48]
6. Expanding Horizons [6:15]
7. Relationships [10:26]
8. Power [9:56]
9. Unlearning Normal [7:41]
10. Independence [11:27]

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The Watermelon Woman 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen two of Cheryl Dunye movies, and the question still exists. When will Black America get over it's obsession with White America? Can a film exists with Two strong Black characters? When did it become a crime for Black love to be portrayed on film? And also, when did it become a curse to date your own race? I am annoyed with one sided movies like this. I hope people realize that without sisters, there can be no sisters. I will not be viewing any more of this filmakers movies, and would like to see more movies that illustrate a positive Black love story.