Cinefemmes presents a screening of critically acclaimed Sundance hit "May in the Summer" followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Cherien Dabis.
Cherien Dabis is an award-winning feature filmmaker who received her M.F.A. in film from Columbia University. She wrote, directed, produced, and edited several short films, including "Make a Wish" (2006), which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, as well as Clermont-Ferrand where it won the Press Prize and Jury’s Special Mention. The film went on to win eleven more top international awards. Dabis worked for three seasons as a writer and co-producer on Showtime’s groundbreaking, original hit television series "The L Word" before going on to make her feature writing and directorial debut with "Amreeka."
"Amreeka" (2009) world-premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2009), opened New York’s New Director’s/New Films at the MoMA (2009), and won the prestigious FIPRESCI award in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes (2009). It was nominated for a Best Picture Gotham Award (2009), three Independent Spirit Awards (2010), including Best Picture, and was named one of the Top Ten Independent Films of the Year by the National Board of Review (2009). The same year, Dabis was also named one of Variety’s “Ten Directors to Watch.” "Amreeka" was released theatrically to worldwide critical acclaim and was chosen as one of only five American films to take part in the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative, an international cinematic cultural exchange and diplomacy program.