Since her auspicious, semi-autobiographical debut feature The Watermelon Woman, which was recently restored for its twentieth anniversary in 2016, Cheryl Dunye has made dozens of frank, funny, reality-blurring works set in everyday, domestic settings that explore race, gender, and sexuality and the intersections thereof. She has directed an episode Queen Sugar (created by Ava DuVernay) and will helm the upcoming adaptation of The Wonder of All Things for Lionsgate. In other words, if you haven’t heard of her already, you’ve been sleeping on an utterly unique contemporary cinematic voice.

In this interview, we were lucky enough to ask this brilliant filmmaker about her entrée into filmmaking in the early 90s, New Queer Cinema and black lesbian representation, why European film festivals are so great, what she’s up to now, and much more. Join us for a foray into all things Dunye—and get ready to hear a whole lot more about her soon!

Psst! “The Watermelon Woman”, as well as Dunye’s short films “Greetings from Africa” and “The Potluck and the Passion,” are also available to stream right here on Fandor—and don’t miss our June “Faces of Pride” collection of thirty films for thirty days of Pride Month! Happy Pride!