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The Beginning: Early Short Films, 1968 – 1980

September 7 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

From the start of her filmmaking practice, Barbara Hammer was committed to visibility through portraiture — of herself, others, and communities of women. “My strategy . . . throughout the ’70s was to put a lesbian body on the screen, to bring a lesbian subjectivity to film, to question heteronormative experimental film,” she said. This program of new 16mm prints includes Schizy (1968, from 8mm, new print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive), where the artist confronts gender play; Jane Brakhage (1975), a portrait of well-known experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage’s first wife; and Double Strength (1978), a poetic portrayal of Hammer’s relationship with trapeze artist Terry Sendgraff, (both prints restored by Electronic Arts Intermix and the Academy Film Archive through the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation) among other titles. (Total running time 94 minutes)

still from Schizy (1968)
courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix

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