This interview focuses on Cheryl Dunye's views of the industry from her current position in prestige television, working as a director for Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey's Queen Sugar (OWN, 2016–). The forward-looking conversation concentrates less on Dunye's past films but rather on the work she is doing today in episodic television, her creative process, and her legacy for future generations of media makers. By asking Dunye about her upbringing and early influences, I sought a renewed sense of the groundbreaking filmmaker as a person beyond the characters and constructed intimacies she presents in her films and an understanding of her aims today in episodic television.
Structural Laughter and Constructed Intimacies: The Self-Reflexivity of Cheryl Dunye
Terri Francis directs the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University, Bloomington. In 2011, Francis published her research on Jamaican nontheatrical films in “Sounding the Nation: Martin Rennalls and the Jamaica Film Unit, 1951-1961” in Film History. She guest edited a special close-up on Afrosurrealism in film and video for the 2013 fall issue of Black Camera: An International Film Journal. Her book Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism is forthcoming from Indiana University Press.
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Terri Francis; Structural Laughter and Constructed Intimacies: The Self-Reflexivity of Cheryl Dunye. Film Quarterly 1 December 2018; 72 (2): 45–54. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2018.72.2.45
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