THE WATERMELON WOMAN
CHERYL DUNYE | USA | 1996 | 90 MIN | NOT RATED | ENGLISH
Free Community Screenings, presented by PFS and ReelBlack.
Attendees Must Reserve a Free Ticket
preceded by short film:
“Release,”” dir. Nadine M. Patterson, 2006, USA, 14 min.”
The first feature film directed by a Black lesbian and a landmark of New Queer Cinema, this indie comedy stars writer-director Cheryl Dunye as a gay, 20-something Philadelphia filmmaker working on a documentary about Fae Richards, an obscure, Black film actress from the 30s and 40s. Meanwhile, Cheryl enters into a complicated relationship with a white woman, and the truths she uncovers about Fae bear startling resonances with her own life.
Cast: Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valarie Walker, Lisa Marie Bronson
“A wry, exhilarating comedy, at once romantic and sharply observant.” –Los Angeles Times
Part of the FORCE IN FOCUS: THE BLACK EXPERIENCE ON FILM Series
ReelBlack and the Philadelphia Film Society are excited to open Philadelphia’s only Drive-In with Force in Focus: the Black Experience on Film, a series that explores the world through the lens of the Black experience. Force in Focus will kick off with a curated lineup that showcases the work of modern Black female filmmakers, celebrating a collection of artists who have brought vibrancy and authenticity to the screen for decades.
ONLINE SALES ONLY. Operations will be check-in only, no box office sales at all will be conducted on site.
Drive-In will open 1 hour before listed showtimes. Exact showtimes are approximate; films will begin at sundown.
Tickets can be purchase up to the published showtime online.
Please make sure to have a confirmation email and/or printed ticket with you for check in.
All screenings are rain or shine unless weather is determined to be too dangerous by management.
The PFS Drive-In will strictly adhere to City-approved safety guidelines for drive-ins – click HERE to read the full list of approved guidelines & Restrictions.