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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (2 (68)): 41–66.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Catherine Zimmer This essay explores Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman (1997) in the context of reflexive practice in film. The film has been variously approached as queer cinema, women's autobiographical and documentary cinema, and black cinema; this essay emphasizes how one might add to all of...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 177–189.
Published: 01 September 2013
... Dunye's film The Watermelon Woman (US, 1996), and You see I am here after all (2008), a gridded concatenation of vintage postcards depicting views of Niagara Falls. Zoe Leonard lives and works in New York. An artist who works primarily with photography and sculpture, she has exhibited extensively...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (1 (49)): 107–147.
Published: 01 May 2002
...Ann Cvetkovich Zoe Leonard, The Fae Richards Photo Archive, 1993–96. Created for Cheryl Dunye’s film The Watermelon Woman (1996). From a series of seventy-eight black and white photographs and notebook of seven pages of typed text on typewriter paper. The accompanying notes in this fictional...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 116–131.
Published: 01 December 2020
... ve recently been showing the film I produced, The Watermelon Woman (dir. Cheryl Dunye, US, 1996), for its twentieth anniversary rerelease and remaster. In Q and As, someone in the audience always says, Oh my God! It is so forward looking. Then I always say, No it is not! It was totally of its...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (3 (54)): 71–97.
Published: 01 December 2003
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 95–123.
Published: 01 September 2020
..., rebounds off it, and falls back into the most miserably arranged territorialities of the modern world. 16 At the end of these films, the characters are left desperate and immo- bile. In contrast, in rare examples such as The Watermelon Woman (dir. Cheryl Dunye, US, 1996), Brother to Brother, and Shortbus...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 66–83.
Published: 01 September 1995
... dominant popular ideas a bout Black Americans. Hun- dreds of pitch-black mammies, salt and pepper shakers, cookie jars, dark animated animal-like creatures eating watermelon, reward post- ers for escaped slaves, clocks, lamps, etc. firmly scared and sickened me. What I clearly remember from the...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 149–183.
Published: 01 September 2014
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 27–59.
Published: 01 September 2016
..., bulging eyes, and large mouth moving, ironically, with elegance and skill while smiling or eating watermelon — is embedded in the cultural under- standing of black comedic performance and talent. The paths that African American performers have taken to negotiate this history in comedy are...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 125–155.
Published: 01 September 2015
... formula- tion leaves Andy free to pursue romantic interests, while Bee — who poses no threat to Andy’s romantic unions — tends to Opie. In her second appearance in the pilot episode, for instance, Aunt Bee makes a southern feast for the Taylors: fried chicken, biscuits, and watermelon for...