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Barbara Hammer, Superdyke: Prismatic Autobiography

Barbara Hammer, Superdyke: Prismatic Autobiography

Stress Scars and Pleasure Wrinkles

UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program, and Los Angeles Filmforum present

Barbara Hammer, Superdyke: Prismatic Autobiography

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 7:30 pm

At the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

New restorations, with Barbara Hammer in person on Nov 9 & 10!

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By the very nature of her multifaceted identity, lesbian feminist filmmaker and artist Barbara Hammer (b. 1939) has maintained a formal fluidity in her half-century-long practice effectively unparalleled by any living moving image maker. From her first Super 8 experiment, SCHIZY (1968), Hammer gave herself permission to fearlessly follow her instincts. Through her explicit and politically-charged work of the 1970s to her material interactions and printing exercises of the 1980s and continuing with her seamless adoption of analog and digital video, Hammer’s visual lyricism and sensuality dance invariably within each of her over 80 moving image works in a conscious, active (re)writing and (re)defining of a singular cinematic language

Capturing subjects considered verboten—joyous lesbian sensuality, female sexual pleasure, aging, death and dying, menstruation—Hammer boldly confronts normative representations of women and characterizations of gender expression, commanding and claiming space for a refreshingly new aesthetic and sensibility, queer or otherwise, in experimental film that continues to inspire generations of artists across myriad layers of identification. Her inclusion of queer women in works both traditionally documentative and those more performative allowed for not just increased visibility of lesbian culture in their day, but also an invaluable archive of the ever-evolving political and social objectives of communities often rendered invisible.

With the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Archive is proud to present five programs of films by Barbara Hammer, nearly all of which will be shown in restored or newly struck prints from the Academy Film Archive.

This program was curated by KJ Relth and Mark Toscano; program notes written by the same.

Special thanks: Florrie Burke; Karl McCool, Electronic Arts Intermix; May Haduong, Academy Film Archive.

Tickets: Advance sale Price: $10.00 at

Tickets for Archive events may also be purchased at the box office:
General admission:  $9.00; Seniors:  $8.00; UCLA Alumni Association Members:  $8.00
Non-UCLA students:  $8.00; Filmforum members, UCLA students:  Free (see policy)



filmmaker Barbara Hammer will sign books beginning at 6:30 p.m. and participate in a Q&A after the screening.

Los Angeles Filmforum members receive free admission at the box office!

Barbara Hammer will sign copies of Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life, Truant: Photographs 1970-1979, and Evidentiary Bodies in the lobby beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Prismatic Autobiography

Lustrous not only in their shimmering hues but in their ecstatic, deeply emotional, and highly personal narratives, these three works evoke an artist’s active attempts to define herself and self-compose a herstory leaving indelible marks on lesbian feminist cinema in the process.

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1973, 16mm, color, 8 min.

New print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

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1976, Video, color, 16.5 min.

Print courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix.