She's easily one of the most provocative, humorous and important filmmakers of our time, often using a sharply witty and reflexive lens, in a mixture of entertaining narrative and documentary techniques, to deconstruct and uproot social and cultural norms.
Her acclaimed first feature, The Watermelon Woman (1996), introduced Cheryl Dunye to wider audiences. But, until now, little attention has been given to those films she created before her breakthrough.
Presented here for the first time on DVD are the films that started it all - the first chapter of the Cheryl Dunye oeuvre.
Six films are included. Greetings From Africa: Cheryl, playing herself, humorously experiences the mysteries of lesbian dating in the 90s; The Potluck And The Passion: Sparks fly as racial, sexual and social politics intermingle at a lesbian potluck; An Untitled Portrait: 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: Is it who you do, or what you do?; She Don't Fade: A self-reflexive look at the sexuality of a young black lesbian; and Janine: The story of a black lesbian's relationship with a white, upper middle class high school girl.
The DVD will be released this Tuesday, December 9th. However, you can preorder your copy via Amazon.com, right now!