Barbara Hammer Program
Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Includes the following films:
I Was/I Am
1983. USA. Directed by Barbara Hammer. In her first 16mm film, an homage to Maya Deren, Hammer proudly extracts the key to her motorcycle from her mouth. As Meshes of the Afternoon was Deren’s key to her life as a filmmaker, I Was/I Am is Hammer’s proclamation as a filmmaker and an independent woman. 7 min.
1983. USA. Directed by Barbara Hammer. This simulation of walking across the United States from one high-energy location to another begins in the underground passageway of the linear accelerator lab at Stanford University and ends at the World Trade Center and Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, making one geographic step in time to one frame of film time. 18 min.
1985. USA. Directed by Barbara Hammer. Soundtrack by Helen Thorington. Hammer manipulated footage of her grandmother being wheeled into a nursing home. She uses degenerated and stuttering images to express and reflect her sadness and hesitation, echoing Maya Deren’s interest in revealing emotional depth through image and structure. 16 min.
A Horse Is Not a Metaphor
2008. USA. Directed by Barbara Hammer. Soundtrack by Meredith Monk. With this film, based on the director’s experience of surviving cancer, Hammer evokes Deren’s methodologies, flowing from gesture to gesture and showing a transformative death and rebirth. 30 min.