Still from The Watermelon Woman

How to Love a Watermelon Woman

This series will run November 22–30, 2016 and December 16–31, 2016. Films will run from noon–4 p.m.

How to Love a Watermelon Woman is a film program that highlights the work of queer filmmaker Cheryl Dunye and celebrates the 20th anniversary of her seminal film The Watermelon Woman, 1996. Dunye is a 2016 recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim fellowship and was recently invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

This program is part of the Hammer's Bureau of Feminism initiative.

Program schedule

Nov 22: Cheryl Dunye, Janine, 1990. Video, color, sound. 9:00 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Nov 23: Cheryl Dunye, She Don't Fade, 1991.  Video, color, sound. 23:00 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Nov 25: Cheryl Dunye, The Potluck and the Passion, 1993. Video, color, sound. 23:00 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Nov 26: Cheryl Dunye, Mother Love Me.  Courtesy of the artist.

Nov 29: Cheryl Dunye, Vanilla Sex, 1992.  Video, color, sound. 3:00 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Nov 30: Cheryl Dunye, Greetings from Africa, 1994.  Video, color, sound. 8:00 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Dec 20: Frances Bodomo, Boneshaker, 2013.  Video, color, sound. 12:58 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Dec 16: Cheryl Dunye, The Watermelon Woman, 1996, 90 min.

Dec 17: Cheryl Dunye, The Watermelon Woman, 1996, 90 min.

Dec 21: Frances Bodomo, Afronauts, 2014.  Video, black and white, sound. 14:05 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Dec 22: All New Negress Film Society works

Dec 23: Ja’tovia Gary, An Ecstatic Experience, 2015.  Video, color, sound. 6:11 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Dec 24: Ja’tovia Gary, Cakes Da Killa No Homo, 2013.  Video, color, sound. 12:48 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Dec 27: Stefani Saintonge, Seventh Grade, 2014.  Video, color, sound. 11:15 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Dec 28: Chanelle Pearson, 195 Lewis, 2014.  Video, color, sound. 14:45 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Dec 29: All New Negress Film Society works

Dec 30: Chanelle Pearson, Ryann Holmes, 2016. Video, color, sound. 6:00 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Dec 31: Dyani Douze & Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Pain Revisited, 2015.  Video, color, sound. 13:40 min. Courtesy of the artists.

Organized by Erin Christovale, independent curator.

This program is presented concurrently with the exhibitions A Subtle Likeness and Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman, both on view at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries from September 3 – December 22, 2016.

Image: Cheryl Dunye, Still from The Watermelon Woman, 1996 (detail). 16mm film, color, sound. 90 min. Image courtesy of the artist.