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QWOC+ Boston Goes to the Movies — and Hosts Director Cheryl Dunye
Join us for the third year in a row as we co-present QWOC-related/-created/-inspired films at the LGBT Film Festival. This year, we have the honor of hosting “Watermelon” director, Cheryl Dunye, as she presents her new film, “The Owls”, and on her birthday!
Join us at the QWOC+ Boston organizers meeting to volunteer to meet-n-greet Cheryl, and to plan her Boston-based birthday celebration around the festival. This will be a first for us, and a lot of fun!
We’ll be meeting at ANDALA Cafe in Central Square on Tuesday May 4th @ 6:30PM. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Blazing Wanderlust: Queer Women of Color Shorts
Wednesday May 12, 6:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Once again we team up with the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) to bring you the best of films created under their umbrella. Join queer women of color on feisty and fantastic voyages! From dyke couples navigating their desire to the riveting routes of sex toys, you’ll be spellbound to saunter through your own saucy sojourns.
What To Do After the Breakup…With the S#x T@ys?
Lili Tom, 11min, USA, 2008, English
Everyone has a chance to recall their erotic journeys as they ponder What To Do After The Break Up…With The S#x T@ys.
Boston LGBT Film Festival Best Director Film: Cheryl Dunye’s The Owls
Saturday May 15, 2010, 7:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ten years ago ‘The Screech’ was the hottest lesbian band around. Iris and Lily were the lead vocalists, MJ the producer, and Carol always went on tour with them. But the days of big dreams and wild nights have long since past. Sexy Iris now drinks too much and fantasises about a comeback that has yet to materialise. She and MJ split up years ago, but just can’t let go. Carol and Lily are so bored by their relationship that they can’t seem to decide on anything, except perhaps to have a child together. And then Cricket enters this Bermuda triangle of fallow desire, disappointment, anger and boredom. This argumentative twenty-year-old is looking for trouble – and finds it. After a pool party awash with cocaine and alcohol, Iris winds up on Cricket’s lap. This makes MJ – to whom Iris has been unfaithful so often before – even more furious. An argument ensues and escalates into a fight during which Cricket is badly injured and dies. The girlfriends decide to overcome their differences, pull together and get rid of the corpse. Their complicity creates a firm bond. But then, a year later, Skye turns up on Lily and Carol’s doorstep. Revenge is her aim and seduction her strategy … Description courtesy of The Berlinale. Director in attendance
We celebrate noted filmmaker Cheryl Dunye with the Boston LGBT Film Festival’s inaugural Director’s award. Ms. Dunye astounded the world with her breakthrough film Watermelon Woman in 1996 and we are honoured to present her latest film The Owls. Please join us in celebrating a filmmaker who has made an amazing contribution to LGBT cinema.
About the making of the The Owls:
Director Cheryl Dunye and producer Alexandra Juhasz, Candi Gutteres and Ernesto Foronda invited a group of lesbian and gay artists with creative links to work on this project. This marked the beginning of the ‘Parliament Collective’, a large multiethnic artists’ collective that developed the story for The Owls.
The Watermelon Woman
Sunday May 16, 2010, 2:30pm
The Brattle Theater, Cambridge
Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who appeared in films in the 30s and was known as the Watermelon Woman. Following various leads, Cheryl discovers the Watermelon Woman’s stage name and real name and surmises that the actress had a long affair with Martha Page, a White woman and one of Hollywood’s few female directors. As she’s discovering these things, Cheryl becomes involved with Diana, who’s also White. The affair strains Cheryl’s friendship with Tamara. More discoveries bring Cheryl (and us, her audience) to new realizations.