Black/Feminist/Lesbian/Queer/Trans* Cultural Production: A Symposium Honoring the 20th Anniversary of Cheryl Dunye’s “The Watermelon Woman” @ San Francisco State University, San Francisco [from 23 to 24 September]

Black/Feminist/Lesbian/Queer/Trans* Cultural Production: A Symposium Honoring the 20th Anniversary of Cheryl Dunye’s “The Watermelon Woman”

23 - 24
15:00 - 18:00

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San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, California 94132
This symposium honors the 20th anniversary of Cheryl Dunye’s film, “The Watermelon Woman” (1996). The first feature film directed by and starring a Black lesbian, the production of this film marked a watershed moment for Black cinema, feminist cinema, lesbian cinema, and new queer cinema.

We have 1 1/2 days of film screenings, panels, performances, readings and art planned, please join us in honoring Dunye’s growing body of work, as well as her cultural legacy. This event is totally free (except for an optional $25 VIP reception on Saturday night).

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Symposium Schedule:

Friday, September 23rd—McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building, SFSU

3-6 pm—Black Feminist, Queer, and Trans* Film Festival (featuring remastered version of The Watermelon Woman)

6-7:00 pm—Film Panel: Chair, B.K. Williams (Filmmaker and Co-Organizer).
Panelists: Jethro Patalinghug (Filmmaker); Kortney Ziegler (Filmmaker).

7-8:30 pm—A Conversation with Dee Rees

Saturday, September 24th—Nob Hill Room, Seven Hills Conference Center, SFSU

9:30-10 am Light Breakfast

10-11:30 am Panel: Chair, Jacqueline Francis (Corrigan Visiting Professor of Social Justice, SFSU, Associate Professor, Visual Studies, CCA).
Panelists: Jillian Hernandez (Ethnic Studies, UCSD); Derek Conrad Murray (History of Art, UCSC); GerShun Avilez, (English, UNC-Chapel Hill).

11:30-11:50 Performance by Brian Freeman (Pomo Afro Homos)

12-1 pm Lunch on your Own

1:00-2:30 Panel: Chair, Celine Parreñas Shimizu (Professor, Cinema, SFSU)
Panelists: Mireille Miller-Young (Feminist Studies, UCSB); L.H. Stallings (Women’s Studies, UMD); Matt Richardson (English and African and African Diaspora Studies, UT-Austin).

2:30-2:50 Reading by Jewelle Gomez (The Gilda Stories)

3:00-5:00 pm Plenary Panel: Chair, Alex Juhasz (Film, Brooklyn College)
Panelists: Kara Keeling (Cinematic Arts, USC); Yvonne Welbon (Creative Producer, Chicken and Egg Pictures); Jennifer Devere Brody (Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford)

5:00-600 p.m. VIP Reception –Location TBA—Registration is $25.00

***All events are wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation can be provided if requested before Friday September 16th. Please email for accessibility questions or requests. ***
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