Producer, Director, and Editor: Barbara Hammer
(8 minutes) 16mm, color, sound
Grant awarded to: Barbara Hammer
Archive: The Academy Film Archive, Los Angeles
This experimental documentary is a celebration and film collage of lesbians, which features footage of the Women’s International Day march in San Francisco 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. The film begins with the following narration: “I had a dream of women where men used to be: building, working, growing strong, building their bodies into strength for self-defense.”
Barbara Hammer is considered a pioneer of queer cinema. A visual artist working primarily in film, she has made over 80 moving image works in a career that spans 40 years. Many of her films have won awards and screened in prestigious film festivals and film venues internationally. She has been honored in retrospectives at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Tate Modern in London, the Jeu de Paume in Paris, and the Toronto International Film Festival. A recipient of a number grants, she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Marie Walsh Sharpe artist studio grant. She writes on film and authored the book, Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life published by The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2010.