Interested in the #ReadingTogether Challenge but don't have time to finish a whole book? This program is for you! Kanopy Club will be following the Yearlong Reading Challenge's July theme of An LGBTQ+ Author. We'll be discussing films that feature LGBTQ+ stories! Find out more information about Reading Together here.
Watch the film on Kanopy then join us for a Zoom discussion. A Zoom invite will be emailed to you before the discussion.
About the Film
Cheryl Dunye plays a version of herself in this witty, nimble landmark of New Queer Cinema.
A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker, Cheryl becomes obsessed with a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Determined 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 and is bowled over to discover that not only was Fae Richards (Lisa Marie Bronson) a fellow Philadelphian but also a lesbian.
The project is not without 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).
Winner of Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.