Cheryl Dunye, previous Film faculty and current graduate advisor, earned the audience award for Best Short Film for Black Is Blue (2014) at this year’s San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival (produced by Frameline), which ran from June 19 to 29.
The Frameline38 AT&T Audience Awards were announced Sunday, June 29, at the Frameline38 Closing Night Party.
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The festival is the longest-running, largest, and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. With an annual attendance of 60,000, it is the most prominent and well-attended LGBT arts program in the Bay Area.
Black Is Blue
Dunye directed the short film about a black transman security guard (Kingston Farady) who struggles with his identity after meeting an ex-lover from his past.
The 21-minute film was scheduled in two short-film programs: “Realness and Revelations” (Friday, June 20) and “In the City of Shy Hunters” (Thursday, June 26), both of which screened at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco.
About Cheryl Dunye
Dunye wrote, directed, and starred in The Watermelon Woman, her first film as well as the first African American lesbian feature film. It was awarded the Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and awarded Best Feature at Los Angeles’s OutFest, Italy’s Torino, and France’s Creteil film festivals.
Dunye’s other works have been included in the Whitney Biennial and screened at festivals in New York, London, Tokyo, Cape Town, Amsterdam, and Sydney.