Check a brief interview and raw footage of Cheryl Dunye speaking on the early 90’s when the queer people of color movement in (experimental) cinema was born: http://www.vimeo.com/8687438
1.11.21|New York|QBCNYC.org| Queer Black Cinema’s Fades of Black Womyn 2008 honoree Pioneer lesbian filmmaker Cheryl Dunye return with her fourth featured film, The OWLS. THE OWLS is an experimental thriller about four older-wiser-lesbians who accidentally kill a young lesbian and try to get away with it. The film is off to a great start. It was just officially selected for inclusion in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Festival 2010. OWLS was also awarded finishing funds from FRAMELINE.
“THE OWLS does a rare thing: representing lesbian life post baby-dykedom and with no sugar-coating. The film follows four women in long-term relationships trying to make sense of the weight of alcoholism, infidelity, infertility, aging, and murder. “Cheryl Dunye (source THE OWLS facebook group)
Some of The OWLS cast includes: Skyler Cooper (Butch Mystique – Dir. Debra Wilson, Don’t Go – Amber Sharpe), Guinevere Turner (Go Fish- Dir. Rose Troche, Watermelon Woman – Dir. Cheryl Dunye, Don’t Go – Dir. Amber Sharpe), Todd Hughes and P. David Ebersole. According to The OWLS facebook page, it looks like the crew is predominantly professional women and trans filmmakers which is always great especially when women directors only make up less than 6% including co-directors. However, this does not include indie directors (for the most part.) Where does that leave indie women, queer and women of color filmmakers?
Cheryl Dunye, director of The OWLS returns to her roots by bringing back the traditions of old school filmmaking. As I write this, I remember a conversation, Cheryl and I had earlier last year. On our way to a panel discussion in Los Angeles, I manage to capture Cheryl talking about the queer people of color in cinema movement during the early 90’s. The time when indie artist were supported and greatly valued. Cheryl pretty much uses the same method of filmmaking – a collective of artist to make her 4th featured film. “THE OWLS is being made by a small group of film makers from the glory days of new queer cinema, that have formed a film collective, by the name of Parliament Film Collective, and that have all committed to work for basically free. The Parliament Film Collective re-explores the possibility for enjoying the collective/lesbian creative processes and queer community, and making art together outside the mainstream.
Can we go back to old school values of community and commitment given what (and who) we’ve done and learned? THE OWLS will gracefully (if sometimes gruesomely) mix the stories of its thriller characters with those of its behind-the-scene makers to create an end product that complicates easy images of contemporary lesbian identity, cross-generational interaction, and queer media.” Cheryl Dunye (source THE OWLS facebook group)
Additional footage: One on One with QBC: Cheryl Dunye
About Fades of Black Womyn
Queer Black Cinema presents: Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase, an annual womyn’s month event that pays tribute to Lesbian and Bisexual womyn of African Descent who are establish and pioneers in the media industry. The showcase is a one day event screening film works of the honoree along with trailers and shorts from emerging Lesbian and Bisexual womyn of African Descent filmmakers. The film showcase is followed by an award ceremony then Q&A discussion with the honoree hosted by One on One with QBC, part of QBC TV Network.
Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase (FOBW) mission is to pay tribute to pioneer lesbian and bisexual professional filmmakers of African decent in the media industry who have paved the way for emerging filmmakers. The mission is to not only to acknowledge the honoree but also bring together a group of underrepresented women and their stories to network and build a stronger support system in a challenging field for all women, specifically women of color in celebration of Womyn’s Month.
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