"THE HAMMER MIX: GENERATIONS"
plus announcement of 2018 Barbara Hammer Grant winner
Special guests for post-screening discussion include Peggy Ahwesh, A.K. Burns, and Lynne Sachs!
Tonight we celebrate legendary experimental filmmaker BARBARA HAMMER as we announce the winner of the second annual grant named in her honor supporting lesbian experimental filmmakers. Hammer’s nearly 50-year career has spanned disciplines, broken boundaries, and reached viewers far and wide across generations of moving image artists. In tribute to her legacy and influence we will screen a selection of short films made by women who have been inspired by Hammer’s career including PEGGY AHWESH, A.K. BURNS, CHERYL DUNYE, DANI LEVENTHAL RESTACK, LYNNE SACHS, and CAULEEN SMITH. Hammer writes, “I am honored to have inspired these genius filmmakers. It truly amazes me for when you are young and working hard you just think about getting the work out. Then to find years later that your films meant a whole lot to certain artists, these and others, just takes your breath away. I am delighted to have their selected works gathered together for tonight’s program.”
“The Hammer Mix: Generations” coincides with the announcement of the winner of the 2018 Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant, who will be recognized at the screening. The Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant is an annual grant awarded to self-identified lesbians for making visionary moving-image art. The $5,000 grant is supported directly by funds provided by Hammer’s estate and administered through Queer|Art by lesbians for lesbians, with a rotating panel of judges. This year’s judges include moving image archivist and curator Carmel Curtis, video artist Cecilia Dougherty, and video artist Ayanna U’Dongo.
The lineup includes:
Barbara Hammer – STILL POINT (1989, 9m)
Dani Leventhal ReStack – RECITATION (2007, 2m)
Peggy Ahwesh – THE COLOR OF LOVE (1994, 10m)
Lynne Sachs – CAROLEE, BARBARA, AND GUNVOR (2018, 8m)
Cauleen Smith – CHRONICLES OF A DYING SPIRIT (by Kelly Gabron) (1992, 7m)
Cheryl Dunye – VANILLA SEX (1992, 4m)
A.K. Burns – LOSS IN EXCHANGE (2005, 2m)
Program curated by Vanessa Haroutunian. Films courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York; Video Data Bank (VDB); Canyon Cinema; First Run Features; and Lynne Sachs.