HOW I CHOOSE TO SPEND THE REMAINDER OF MY BIRTHING YEARS by Sarah Lasley. 2020. 6 min.
Sarah Lasley delves into a long held childhood fantasy by inserting herself into that famous scene from Dirty Dancing in this playfully reappropriated romance.
THE WATERMELON WOMAN by Cheryl Dunye. 1996. 90 min.
A beloved classic from the New Queer Cinema movement, The Watermelon Woman also stars director Cheryl Dunye as a young video store employee on a mission to learn more about “The Watermelon Woman,” a 1930’s Black movie star. Through check-out counter flirtations and direct-camera confessions, The Watermelon Woman is a self-aware romantic comedy about uncovering Black stories.
Rockaway Film Festival would like to thank VBX™~Vernam Basin Terminal for generously hosting us at the Arverne Cinema in addition to BBX™~Barbadoes Basin Terminal for contributing to such.
RFF also thanks Rockaway Artists Alliance and the National Park Service for hosting us in Fort Tilden.
RFF is proud to be sponsored by Blundstone®, Istic Illic Pictures, and NYC Ferry. The festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by FRANC.