BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//wp-events-plugin.com//6.4.7.3//EN TZID:America/New_York X-WR-TIMEZONE:America/New_York BEGIN:VEVENT UID:1@thedccenter.org DTSTART;TZID=America/New_York:20170324T213000 DTEND;TZID=America/New_York:20170324T233000 DTSTAMP:20170309T003654Z URL:https://thedccenter.org/events/the-watermelon-woman/ SUMMARY:The Watermelon Woman DESCRIPTION:Cheryl Dunye plays a version of herself in this witty\, nimble landmark of New Queer Cinema\, restored for its 20th anniversary. A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker\, Cheryl becomes obsessed with the “ most beautiful mammy\,” a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Determine d to find out who the actress she knows only as the “Watermelon Woman” was and make her the subject of a documentary\, she starts researching an d is bowled over to discover that not only was Fae Richards (Lisa Marie Br onson) a fellow Philadelphian but also a lesbian. The project is not witho ut drama as Cheryl’s singular focus causes friction between her and her friend Tamara (Valarie Walker) and as she begins to see parallels between Fae’s problematic relationship with a white director and her own budding romance with white Diana (fellow filmmaker Guinevere Turner). Interviews with her own mother\, Irene\, and cultural critic Camille Paglia\, along w ith Dunye’s own direct address of the camera and a survey of what were o nce Depression-era nightspots further the non-fiction conceit in a film th at uses the mockumentary format to unpack LGBT\, Philadelphia and Black hi story. Complete with grainy clips and stills from movies that never were\, The Watermelon Woman—winner of the Teddy Award at the 1996 Berlin Inter national Film Festival— is social critique at its most charming and auda cious. —Pam Grady\nWe are working on a Director Talk and Catered Cocktai l Reception with Cheryl Dunye moderated by Tagg Magazine's Publisher/Edito r Ebone Bell\n \;\nThis is screening is\nhosted\nby\nRayceen Pendarvis of The Ask Rayceen Show\n\nThank you to our libation sponsor\n\nThank yo u to our community partners/sponsors\n\n\n  \n ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://thedccenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/ 01/watermelonwoman-1.jpg CATEGORIES:Black,Center Arts,Reel Affirmations,Women LOCATION:HRC Equality Center\, 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW\, Washington\, DC\, 20005\, United States X-APPLE-STRUCTURED-LOCATION;VALUE=URI;X-ADDRESS=1640 Rhode Island Ave NW\, Washington\, DC\, 20005\, United States;X-APPLE-RADIUS=100;X-TITLE=HRC Equ ality Center:geo:0,0 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:America/New_York X-LIC-LOCATION:America/New_York BEGIN:DAYLIGHT DTSTART:20170312T030000 TZOFFSETFROM:-0500 TZOFFSETTO:-0400 TZNAME:EDT END:DAYLIGHT END:VTIMEZONE END:VCALENDAR