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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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2 wins See more »
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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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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 »
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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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Not On Any Syrup Bottle, 10 December 2002
Author: lovejam from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

There are hundreds upon thousands of lesbian movies, and the majority are labelled "Adult". Name one lesbian movie about black women that isn't pornographic? Watching this one was something I could relate to. Finally, a movie touching on black history, interracial attraction, stereotypes, and the fictional day-in-the-life of an aspiring film-maker. More original than most, speaking as a black woman. Excuse the bad technology, and you've got a story about a woman researching her black history and getting laid in the process! Maybe she couldn't get the rights to do "The Aunt Jemima Story". You know, that black maid who's face stared back at you from the pancake box, having gone through a few make-overs through the years? There's even a scene where Cheryl holds up movie stills of black actresses playing the usual slave/maid who become unknowns in the process. Well, this is one important movie for me, and I hope more people appreciate this as they listen to Cheryl's closing monologue. Now this movie deserves a remake!

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