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The Watermelon Woman
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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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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)
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Directed by
Cheryl Dunye 
 
Writing credits
(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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According to writer/director Cheryl Dunye, much about the character she plays in the film is autobiographical, but the historical references to the Watermelon Woman are fictional: "The Watermelon Woman came from the real lack of any information about the lesbian and film history of African-American women. Since it wasn't happening, I invented it."See 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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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Time does fly, and people do change., 25 July 2009
Author: lastliberal from United States

This is a very lighthearted film about a black video store clerk (Cheryl Dunye) who wants to make a documentary about an early black actress, known only as The Watermelon Woman." The fact that both Cheryl (Dunye) and the actress are lesbians keeps her going. In fact, in life imitating art, Cheryl finds that The Watermelon Woman was having a lesbian relationship with a white director, and then, she begins a relationship with a white video store customer (Guinevere Turner - American Psycho, Itty Bitty Titty Committee).

The film explored black language, early black actresses, black lesbians, mammies, and watermelon. It even featured an interview with Camille Paglia discussing mammies and watermelon in the context of blacks and Italians, It's nice to see Italians spoken of in something other than the Mob.

Her BFF Tamera (Valarie Walker) is a party girl, but she draws the line at interracial relationships, and that causes a problem for Cheryl.

There are a lot of good scenes throughout the movie, and it made it worthwhile even if the acting wasn't particularly good.

The end credits will surprise you.

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