Film Faculty Cheryl Dunye a Finalist in Tribeca Film Institute New Award

The Tribeca Film Institute Filmmaker Programming Team has chosen CCA faculty member Cheryl Dunye as one of 10 finalists for its newest initiative -- the Heineken Affinity Award.

Dunye, a native of Liberia, has directed such feature films as My Baby's Daddy (Miramax), Stranger Inside (HBO Films), and The Watermelon Woman, which was awarded the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1996.

She is an associate professor in the following programs at the college:

Fine Arts
Diversity Studies
Visual and Critical Studies

About the Heineken Affinity Award

The Heineken Affinity Award is a new platform celebrating and creating awareness and dialogue around the work of 10 emerging and established African American filmmakers.

Each finalist receives an initial grant of $1,000, but one of the selected finalists will also win an additional $20,000 cash reward (to be presented during a special event at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival) as well as year-round project support and professional development from the Tribeca Film Institute.

Dunye’s Project: (Per)mission

(Per)mission is a filmformance/interdisciplinary piece illuminating the personal and political scenarios (past, present, future) of Cheryl, a 40-something black butch feminist artist, defining herself in a pluralist society where language and emotions conflict with her authentic visibility.

Learn more about (Per)mission »

Voting ends March 31, so keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned for another update.

San Francisco Film Society’s FilmHouse Residency Program

In other news, Dunye has also been granted a 12-month residency on behalf of San Francisco Film Society (SFFS)’s FilmHouse Residency program.

SFFS’s FilmHouse is located in 4,800 square feet of office space located in the Fillmore district. With generous funding from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and additional support from the San Francisco Film Commission, the FilmHouse residency program is designed to offer free office space to filmmakers in various stages of production, where they can share talents and resources with their peers.

Through resident-led workshops, a robust guest-speaker series, and numerous other community-building events, FilmHouse is designed to strengthen resident filmmakers' skill sets as a way of contributing directly to the progress of their ongoing film projects.

Visit Cheryl Dunye's website »


CCA Media Arts Faculty Member Cheryl Dunye's Feature Film -- The Owls -- to Screen at Berlin International Film Festival
Visiting Artist Cheryl Dunye's The Owls Makes a Hoot at International Berlin Film Festival