April 6, 6:30-8:00 PM
Pepper Canyon 106

Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye is a director, producer, screenwriter, editor and performer. Her work engages with questions of race, sexuality and gender, particularly relating to black lesbian experience. Her feature films include The Watermelon Woman, awarded a Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and best feature in LA's Outfest, Italy's Torino and France's Creteil festivals; Stranger Inside, an HBO film about prison life for incarcerated women for which Dunye was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best director; the lesbian feature The OWLS; and My Baby's Daddy, a Miramax release directed by Dunye which had significant box office success. Dunye's work has been screened at festivals internationally and has been included in forums such as Whitney Biennial. Born in Liberia, Dunye holds a BA from Temple University and an MFA from the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers. Dunye has served on the Directors Guild of America’s Independent Council and on the advisory board for New York’s Independent Film Project’s Gordon Parks Award. She was also a mentor for Independant Feature Project/ West's Project Involve and a board member of the Los Angeles OUTFEST. Presently she is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Queer Cultural Center, sits on the board of Radar Productions, and is on the advisory the board of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. In addition Dunye has received grants from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Frameline, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Rockefeller Foundation. She was a recipient of the prestigious Anonymous was a Woman Award.