This screening brings together two films exploring the labours of filmmaking: Cheryl Dunye’s recently restored The Watermelon Woman (1996) and Shumona Goel and Shai Heredia’s I am Micro (2012).
In The Watermelon Woman, Cheryl (played by Dunye) is a twenty-something Black lesbian struggling to make a documentary about the beautiful and elusive 1930s actress popularly known as the Watermelon Woman. As she searches for the Watermelon Woman, twists and turns in Cheryl’s personal and professional life put love and friendship to the test.
The Watermelon Woman premiered in 1996 at the Berlin International Film Festival. This 2K restoration was made possible by First Run Features.
Shot in an abandoned optics factory in Kolkata, India, I am Micro explores the medium of film with essayistic attention to detail. Made on the cusp of filmmaking’s digital turn, I am Micro was processed in 2012, as sources of film and processing facilities were dwindling worldwide. Through visual and technical experimentation, Goel and Heredia depict the passion and energy of independent filmmaking in the face of adversity.
Tue, 24 Sep 2019
£7 Full, £5 Green/Concs, £3 Blue Members
All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.
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