Cheryl DunyeTeddy Witherington Award
Teddy Witherington Award
Recognizing those individuals who have contributed a longstanding, large body of work to the LGBTQ community.Cheryl Dunye is an African American director, writer, and actress. She emerged as part of the “queer new wave” of young film and video makers in the 1990s, and recently directed multiple episodes of Queen Sugar for Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey. Her first film, The Watermelon Woman, won Best Feature in 1996 at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. Her next feature, HBO’s Stranger Inside, was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Director. Cheryl’s project Black Is Blue was named one of the top five “Must See Feminist Films” by IndieWire. Recently, Cheryl directed episodes of CLAWS for TNT, The Fosters for Freeform, and an episode of Love Is _ for OWN. She also recently directed episodes of The Chi for Showtime, Star for FOX, and David Makes Man by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Cheryl is set to adapt and direct a feature based on the novel The Wonder of All Things for Lionsgate. Presently, Cheryl is the producing director for season four of OWN’s Queen Sugar.
Original illustration by George McCalman.