Merging fictional and non-fictional worlds reflective of the LGBTQ experience, The Broad and ARRAY, founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, presents a double feature screening of the cult classic 'The Watermelon Woman' (1996), directed by and starring Cheryl Dunye, and the electric documentary 'Jewel's Catch One' (2016), by woman filmmaker C. Fitz. A conversation with Dunye and Fitz moderated by Justin Simien, 'Dear White People' creator, immediately follow 'The Watermelon Woman' screening.
'The Watermelon Woman' is an imaginative romantic comedy about a young woman who meets the girl of her dreams while making a film about an obscure Black actress from the 1930s. 'Jewel's Catch One' explores the legacy of America’s oldest Black-owned disco club as well as the life of businesswoman and activist, Jewel Thais-Williams, who provided safe spaces for LGBTQ, Black and AIDS-impacted communities in Los Angeles for four decades. Both films are unrated and run 90 minutes each.
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