The Watermelon Woman (1996) with Home Movie (1973)

OCOpen Caption screening
Additional program content
SFSensory Friendly. Details HERE

There are no showtimes currently scheduled for this film.

Poster for the film THE WATERMELON WOMAN

The Watermelon Woman (1996) with Home Movie (1973)

Join us for a special screening of The Watermelon Woman (1996) preceded by a screening of Jan Oxenberg’s seminal short film Home Video (1973)

The Watermelon Woman. 199690 m. dir. Cheryl DunyeFirst Run FeaturesUSEnglish. Rated NR.

Re-released for its 20th anniversary in a pristine 2K HD restoration, The Watermelon Woman is the story of a 20-something Black lesbian (played by director Cheryl Dunye) struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, a beautiful and elusive 1930s black film actress. A landmark of New Queer Cinema, it’s “funny and smart, full of astute observations about identity and history,” says the Village Voice. “Dunye’s audacious, joyous debut feature captures the process of falling hopelessly in love with the movies.”

Home Movie. 1973. 12 m. dir. Jan Oxenberg. IndieCollect. US. English. Rated NR. 

Using her family’s home movies and her talent for parody, Jan Oxenberg gives herself a cheerful lesbian childhood.

This film is part of the Pride: A Celebration Of Queer Stories series.

Coming Soon

Summer Camp

Opens 5/31


Opens 5/31

The Jacob Burns Film Center is proud to receive generous support from:

Email Sign Up

Get updates on screenings at the JBFC Theater, upcoming events, and more!