Filmmaker and performer

Cheryl Dunye

Cheryl Dunye first emerged as part of the “Queer New Wave” of young filmmakers in the early 1990s with her first feature film, The Watermelon Woman, winning the Teddy Award for Best Feature at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival. The film, now considered a classic, was restored and re-released widely in 2016 for its 20th anniversary, and resides in the permanent cinema collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Since The Watermelon Woman and Stranger Inside, Cheryl has written and directed a number of films including The Owls, Mommy is Coming, and Black is Blue.

In 2019, Cheryl launched her Oakland-based production company Jingletown Films, which is currently developing two series. Cheryl is currently represented by Chris Ridenhour and Jack Leighton at APA and Britney Thai at Impact24 PR.

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