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5 March 1997 (USA) See more »
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Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed... See more » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins See more »
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Might encourage exclusivism in naive audiences. See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Cheryl Dunye ... Cheryl

Guinevere Turner ... Diana
Valarie Walker ... Tamara
Lisa Marie Bronson ... Fae 'The Watermelon Woman' Richards
Cheryl Clarke ... June Walker
Irene Dunye ... Herself
Brian Freeman ... Lee Edwards
Camille Paglia ... Herself
Sarah Schulman ... CLIT Archivist
V.S. Brodie ... Karaoke Singer
Shelley Olivier ... Annie Heath
Toshi Reagon ... Street Magician

Emmy Collins ... Video Browser
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mickey Goldhaber ... Featured
K. Brent Hill ... J.J. Liberty
Alexandra Juhasz ... Martha Page
Gail Lloyd ... Diana's Black Date

Christopher Mann ... Himself

Kat Robertson ... Yvette

Orion McCabe ... Video Browser (uncredited)

Directed by
Cheryl Dunye 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Cheryl Dunye 

Produced by
Alexandra Juhasz .... producer
Barry Swimar .... producer
Cate Wilson .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Shapiro 
 
Cinematography by
Michelle Crenshaw 
 
Film Editing by
Cheryl Dunye 
 
Casting by
Mike Lemon 
Gail Lloyd 
 
Makeup Department
Kat Robertson .... key makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael LaCorte .... second second assistant director
Elenie Mansalis .... second assistant director
Rick Walls .... additional assistant director
 
Art Department
Sharon Potts .... props
 
Sound Department
Tom Jucarone .... sound re-recording mixer
Dave Rainey .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Roach .... Grip and Electric Truck Owner (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bill Coleman .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Tim Downs .... location manager
Benjamin Goldberg .... production coordinator
Susan Jacobs .... publicist
Missy Moyer .... location manager
Reena Walker .... consultant
 

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90 min
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The scene from the faux-archival 1930s film, "Plantation Memories", was directed by Douglas McKeown and co-written by McKeown and Cheryl DunyeSee more »
Quotes:
Cheryl:Hey! Hey, you're Martin Pumphrey!
Street Magician:No ma'am, I'm a magician.
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References Watermelon Man (1970)See more »

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7 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Might encourage exclusivism in naive audiences., 26 January 2003
Author: wedgwood from nz

A couple of issues provoked my confusion and frustration in this psuedo-doco, film-type disjointed array of small-time scenes. I feel compelled to comment on them here, although they are not, in my experience confined to this particular picture. Primarily this is about the black-white thing, which is a subject I avoid as much as possible, since to me, it isn't something important that should be encouraged at all. Movies like this make it a thing and it, quite frankly, p**ses me off. I thought this was supposed to be about film-making, historical-research, and as a contemporary subordinate, lesbianism. Superficilly these topics may have dominated, underlying them was an extremely strong and all-too repetitive colour issue. Apparently it is a bad thing for white people to prefer black people or vice versa. A reason, implicably, for two people who like each other to get mad and break up. Rhetorically speaking, WHY is this made into a problem? When a girl falls in love with a girl then realises her lover's a lesbian (WHOA) they don't suddenly loath each other on account of woman to woman 'usage'. And Cheryl was the liberal among these mains.

Tamara was too much. The reverse-racism exhbited by this woman makes all historical attempts by the black masses at equality ostentatious, as with womans liberation turning to aggressive feminism. Temporarily, since as an educated, contemporary, liberal brought up in multi-racial society sudden, transient overwhelming provocation of irrational emotion cannot affect mentality. Perhaps 50 years ago... Now, okay, the woman she is researching was subject to colour-prejudice in her time (20's-30's). But this historical aspect was amplified many times over by the young 90's characters. This is the 21st century, we're all just as new to the world as each other, and none of us should be victimised at present because of whatever happened in the past to and by other people. The continuation of past problems is the most pretentious cause of person can hold.

It reads on the back of this tape "containing the most notorious lesbian sex scenes of recent years". Did I see the cut version? Made in 1996 the Watermelon woman that I saw could not compete leso-sex-wise with even the most popular lesbian films made prior in the '90's - It's in the water, Wild side, Butterfly kiss, Female Perversions, Late Bloomers, ... yes, I could go on. Not to mention the complete lack of relationship devlopment (as non/controversial lesbianism) which has been portrayed extremely well on screen since post-silent times.

A former commenter wrote that this was a singular film experience for her of the soft-core interracial lesbian scene. Personally I've never seen any black, lesbian smut, but okay, try checking the non-pornographic sections of a video store. The two most common interracial lesbian films I can think of (The incredibly true adventures of two girls in love and When night is falling) don't even promenade the interracial issue. They're two people, just like two other people. If the colour of someones skin contributes to someones attraction for them, why is that any different than the shape of their smile, or the sway of their personality. So there it is, my one-time appeal to please mellow out about the the entire above subject.

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