The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye
Vilified by conservatives in Congress, defended by major newspapers, and celebrated by audiences and festivals around the world as one of the most provocative, humorous and important filmmakers of our time, Cheryl Dunye practically invented a new form of cinema – call it the ‘Dunyementary.’ Using a mixture of narrative and documentary techniques, the ‘Dunyementary’ challenges social and cultural norms through a sharply funny and reflexive lens. Never scholarly or didactic, Dunye appreciates the value in entertaining viewers.

Her acclaimed first feature THE WATERMELON WOMAN (1996) introduced Cheryl to wider audiences, who fell in love with her self-depreciating and insightful wit – not to mention the great casts she assembled (including herself). But what came before this modern-day classic?

Presented here are the films that started it all – the early works which gave birth to an extraordinary and original filmmaking talent. Made with great creativity on often miniscule budgets, they represent the first chapter of the Cheryl Dunye oeuvre.

DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:11:21 | 4.37 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Documentary, Short, Comedy, Drama

Greetings from Africa (Narrative, 1994)
Cheryl, playing herself, humorously experiences the mysteries of lesbian dating in the 90’s.

The Potluck and the Passion (Experimental Narrative, 1993)
Sparks fly as racial, sexual and social politics intermingle at a lesbian potluck.

An Untitled Portrait (Video Montage, 1993)
Dunye's relationship with her brother is examined in this mixture of appropriated film footage, super 8mm home movies & Dunye's special brand of humor.

Vanilla Sex (Experimental Documentary, 1992)
Is it who you do, or what you do?

She Don't Fade (Experimental Narrative, 1991)
A self-reflexive look at the sexuality of a young black lesbian.

Janine (Experimental Documentary, 1990)
The story of a black lesbian's relationship with a white, upper middle class high school girl.

-- Director's Introduction (text)
-- Interview with Cheryl Dunye - an excerpt from "Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film" (9 min.)
-- About The Watermelon Woman (text)
-- Trailers

Download The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye: Janine (1990), She Don't Fade (1991), Vanilla Sex (1992), An Untitled Portrait (1993), The Potluck and the Passion (1993), Greetings from Africa (1996) DVD5: