Barbara Hammer

Sisters! (1973) 16mm, color, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Queer / Bi / Trans

A celebration and collage of lesbians, including footage of the Women's International Day march in SF and joyous dancing from the last night of the second Lesbian Conference where Family of Woman played; as well as images of women doing all types of traditional "men's" work.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Barbara Hammer

Dyketactics (1974) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Queer / Bi / Trans

A popular lesbian "commercial," 110 images of sensual touching montages in A, B, C, D rolls of "kinaesthetic" editing. "The images are varied and very quickly presented in the early part of the film, introducing the characters, if you will. The second half of the film slows down measurably and all of a sudden I found myself holding my breath as I watched the images of love-making sensually and artistically captured." -- Elizabeth Lay, Plexus

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Barbara Hammer

Menses (1974) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

A wry comedy on the disagreeable aspects of menstruation where women act out their own dramas on a California hillside, in a supermarket, in a red-filtered ritual of mutual bonding. MENSES combines both the imagery and the politics of menstruation in a fine blend of comedy and drama.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Barbara Hammer

Women's Rites (1974) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Experimental

An autumnal celebration of colorful fall leaves, brooks and bathing, chanting circles and tree goddess rites. Shot on witch's land in Northern California, it is a woman celebrating woman and nature film with the poetry of Elsa Gidlow accompanying.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Barbara Hammer

Double Strength (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 14.5 min

Keywords: Queer / Bi / Trans

A poetic study of the stages of a lesbian relationship by two women performance artists from honeymoon, through struggle, to break-up, to enduring friendship. Starring Terry Sendgraff on trapeze. "The poetry of Barbara's images carries us through the duration of a relationship: its intensely erotic beginnings, its sense of serenity, its playfulness and comedy and its closure -- the alienation, pain, anger and loss of contact. The death of the body, a theme tenderly interwoven into the ageless strength and agility of Terry Sendgraff's body, becomes the death of a relationship, a closing out, a leaving of the body behind. The body becomes a source of life. Its movement, grace, pain and happiness are contrasted with the inertness of things and the stillness of photos that merely document the brief passage of light." -- Jacquelyn Zita, Jump Cut Awards: Oberhausen Film Festival; SF Int'l Film Festival.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Barbara Hammer

Eggs (1978) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Matriarchal symbols of wholeness appear everywhere in nature, evoked by a goddess figure. "EGGS, a very creative film, combined the striking imagery of everyday chicken eggs placed in the settings of everything from apple trees, to pumpkins, to a sandy beach accompanied by koto music." -- Rollins Sandspur

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Barbara Hammer

Arequipa (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

"Shot in the Peruvian convent of Santa Catalina, AREQUIPA analogizes the building blocks of film (frames, color and black and white stocks, negative reversal, superimpositions) to the frames of architecture (doorways, windows, walls, corridors). The confinement of the frame, the convent, changed for Hammer as she realized there could be beauty and a self-willed delineation of activity within the 'imprisoning' frame." -- Kathleen Hulser, Centre Pompidou Brochure, 1985

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Barbara Hammer

Pools (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Made with Barbara Klutinis. "POOLS is a pictorially and technically impressive sampling of spectacular swimming pools at W. R. Hearst's San Simeon and manages to validate itself from within, or at least within its own frame of identification." -- Richard T. Jameson My aesthetics in co-making POOLS with Barbara Klutinis was to bring an experiential and physiological sense of the body to the members of the audience watching the film in terms of the locations, the swimming pools designed by the first woman architect to graduate from the School of Beaux Arts in Paris, Julia Morgan. I want the viewers to have the experience of swimming in architectural space for two reasons. First and foremost, I want to activate my audience, I want them to come alive, not be passive through watching cinema, and then to extend that "aliveness" into their lives through conscious expansive living and responsible politics. The second reason I swam and filmed in those pools was to break a taboo. No visitors are allowed to swim in these gorgeous examples of Morgan's work. At least by getting permission to swim there myself with an underwater camera I could extend through vision this extraordinary physical experience.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Barbara Hammer

Sync Touch (1981) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

A lesbian/feminist aesthetic proposing the connection between touch and sight to be the basis for a "new cinema." The film explores the tactile child nature within the adult woman filmmaker, the connection between sexuality and filmmaking, and the scientific analysis of the sense of touch. "At the opening we are listening to an 'expert' speaking -- someone who knows about touch and erogenous zones, about the erotic -- yet the emphasis is on her 'knowing' and what she knows 'about' rather than on her 'experiencing.' Hammer undercuts the monologue with intense and extraordinary close-ups of areas of the woman's face and neck, her teeth and lips, her ears. The viewer becomes so absorbed in the details of this closeness, the closeness of a lover seeing the face of her friend, that the words become lost in feeling and experiencing the closeness itself. The other way this works is to make the viewer want to touch, to become involved for, as the speaker says, touch precedes sight in the new-born child, and sight becomes a connection between the actual touch and understanding what it means." -- Cath Dunsford, Alternative Cinema

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Barbara Hammer

Pond & Waterfall (1982) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

"The camera eye is like an amphibian that sees on two levels in its journey from underwater in a safe pond down to a violent, turbulent ocean. Early in the silent film shot north of San Francisco we see an homage to Monet's Nymphiades in the faded raspberry color of the step-printed underwater lilies. The painterly effects of the printing make the water seem viscous. Pushing through clouds of fish eggs, fronds and algae, the camera establishes a sense of intimacy and connection in a natural ecosystem. But this amiable underwaterscape acquires ominous overtones as the camera/amphibian surfaces. Splashes strike the lens, and the rock of the ocean surf is destabilizing and disorienting. One of the most provocative foreshadowing ambiguities occurs when the half-submerged camera tracks the tip and slosh of the horizon, echoing the mood change from underwater confidence to vulnerability to natural forces, a passage from balance to defiance." -- Kathleen Hulser, Centre Georges Pompidou Brochure

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Barbara Hammer

Bent Time (1983) 16mm, color, 22.25 min

Genre: Experimental

A one-point perspective visual path across the US beginning inside a linear accelerator -- or atom-smashing device -- and traveling to such high-energy locations as the home of an ancient sun calendar in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico; the site of Ohio Valley Mound cultures; the Golden Gate and Brooklyn Bridges; and beyond. Scientists have noted that light rays curve at the outer edges of the universe, leading them to theorize that time also bends. Inspired by this idea, Hammer used an extreme wide angle lens and "one frame of film per foot of physical space" to simulate the concept of bent time. The film is accompanied by Pauline Oliveros' original score for voice and accordion, "Rattlesnake Mountain."

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Barbara Hammer

New York Loft (1983) 16mm, color & b/w, 8.75 min

Genre: Experimental

"Both NEW YORK LOFT and DOLL HOUSE convey a strong sense of resourcefulness, this 'making something' out of interiors, specifically domestic spaces. And domestic they are, in an avant-garde sort of way. The filmmaker gives plentiful evidence of arranging things, moving them, adjusting, placing and re-placing. First are poles and sticks found; second is fabric, sheets, pillows; in a third section we see round things. Circular magnets, machine parts, film cans and the like eventually become visually paralleled with the camera lens itself. The lens is seen as Barbara films into a round mirror. How different are the visions of this woman-with-a-movie-camera from Vertov of sixty years ago! Each extols the camera-eye, but Hammer replaces Vertov's sociopolitical kino-truths with adventures in domestic space." -- Claudia Gorbman, Jump Cut

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Barbara Hammer

Stone Circles (1983) 16mm, color & b/w, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

"In STONE CIRCLES, Hammer really leaves 'nation' as well as 'era' and creates a film poem on the prehistoric stone cultures of Britain. She films dolmens and Druid rock formations, including Stonehenge. An introductory section shows excerpts from books and diagrams which in their way document these stones and explain the stones' origins. Hammer takes the diagrams and playfully animates these scientific 'scale models' by filming colorful arrangements of small stones, clods of dirt, sticks, and grasses. She brings an animism to the subsequent images of the structures themselves, and this animism seems just as valid an approach to the stone formations as the historical/scientific speculations regarding their significance." -- Claudia Gorbman, Jump Cut

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Barbara Hammer

Optic Nerve (1985) 16mm, color & b/w, 16.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Sound score by Helen Thorington. "Barbara Hammer's OPTIC NERVE is a powerful personal reflection on family and aging. Hammer employs filmed footage which, through optical printing and editing, is layered and manipulated to create a compelling meditation on her visit to her grandmother in a nursing home. The sense of sight becomes a constantly evolving process of reseeing images retrieved from the past and fused into the eternal present of the projected image. Hammer has lent a new voice to the long tradition of personal meditation in the avant-garde of the American independent cinema." -- John Hanhardt, Biennial Exhibition Catalogue, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1987 Awards and Exhibition: Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1987; First Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival; Third Prize, Experimental Film Coalition Film Festival; Creteil Int'l Festival of Films by Women, France.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Barbara Hammer

Our Trip (1985) 16mm, color & b/w, 4.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Sound score by Helen Thorington. "Barbara Hammer's OPTIC NERVE is a powerful personal reflection on family and aging. Hammer employs filmed footage which, through optical printing and editing, is layered and manipulated to create a compelling meditation on her visit to her grandmother in a nursing home. The sense of sight becomes a constantly evolving process of reseeing images retrieved from the past and fused into the eternal present of the projected image. Hammer has lent a new voice to the long tradition of personal meditation in the avant-garde of the American independent cinema." -- John Hanhardt, Biennial Exhibition Catalogue, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1987 Awards and Exhibition: Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1987; First Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival; Third Prize, Experimental Film Coalition Film Festival; Creteil Int'l Festival of Films by Women, France.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Barbara Hammer

No No Nooky TV (1987) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

NO NO NOOKY TV posits sexuality to be a social construct in a "sex-text" of satiric graphic representation of "dirty pictures." Made on an Amiga Computer and shot in 16mm film, NO NO NOOKY TV confronts the feminist controversy around sexuality with electronic language, pixels and interface. Even the monitor is eroticized in this film/video hybrid that points fun at romance, sexuality, and love in our post-industrial age.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Barbara Hammer

Place Mattes (1987) 16mm, color & b/w, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Sound score by Terry Setter. Traveling mattes of the artist's torso, limbs, and extremities in Puget Sound, Yosemite and the Yucatan. Her attempt to "touch" nature is removed and blocked between figure and ground setups by the optical printer's flatness of planes. As the figure and ground are presented as two planal relationships, flattened and made two-dimensional through optical printing, so the artist (figure) is unable to touch the natural environment (ground) in Puget Sound, Yosemite and the Yucatan, yet finally comes to rest in the interior space of a restaurant.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Barbara Hammer

Endangered (1988) 16mm, color & b/w, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Score by Helen Thorington. "It is against the background of these debates (the demise of avant-garde film) that Barbara Hammer made ENDANGERED, a reflection on the threatened tradition of filmmaking and the independent filmmaker. Hammer's formal invention and manipulation of film through post-production effects created by optical printing become the means for developing new filmic metaphors. ENDANGERED is a compelling expression of the unique power of celluloid and the filmmaking process. Hammer does not hide behind the process of filmmaking -- in ENDANGERED we see her making the film. In her hands, the transformation of film into a poetic and avant-garde art form comes about through the direct manipulation of celluloid." -- John Hanhardt, 1989 Whitney Museum Exhibition Catalogue Awards: First Prize, Bucks County Film Festival; "Homage to Magellan" Award, Humboldt Film Festival; Cash Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival; Gold Prize, Onion City Film Festival; Second Prize, Athens Int'l Film Festival; Black Maria Film and Video Festival; Santa Fe Film Expo; Third Int'l Women's Film Festival, Seattle; Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Barbara Hammer

Sanctus (1990) 16mm, color, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

Sound composition by Neil B. Rolnick. "In her most recent films, ENDANGERED and SANCTUS, Barbara has addressed the co-fragility of both human existence and the film emulsion, the artist's raw material onto which she creates images. I have just recently screened the completed print of SANCTUS, and I was overwhelmed by it. The film is visually exquisite, and replete with symbolic meaning. She has transformed 'found footage' -- scientific x-ray films from the 1950s -- into a lyrical journey, transforming this raw material into a celebration of the body as temple." -- Jon Gartenberg, Asst. Curator of Film, Museum of Modern Art, NY

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

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