Retrospective and introductions
September 5–7, 7.30 PM, at “Skalvija”
12 selected short films in 3 screenings
September 4–7, at “Skalvija”
Barbara Hammer’s film retrospective at “Kreivės” is a glimpse at work of a queer cinema poineer, and an opportunity to reflect on a lesbian experience representation on screen.
“Lesbian artists until they have a sense of themselves don’t make art. I have tried to make my development as a lesbian artist an accessible story. The progression in my films over the years has been one of the addition, of more fully and wholly bringing into the light the total lesbian self.” (Barbara Hammer, 1981)
5th September, 7.30 pm
Nitrate Kisses, 1992, 67 min.
Presented by Dagmar Brunow, film scholar, lecturer of Linnaeus University
In her first feature, after decades as a pioneer of lesbian cinema, Barbara Hammer weaves striking images of four contemporary gay and lesbian couples with footage of an unearthed, forbidden, and invisible history, searching eroded emulsions and images for lost vestiges of queer culture. Questions of historic representation are examined through addressing the margins, between-the-line readings, and images outside of prescribed textual boundaries. Archival footage from “Lot In Sodom” (1933), often regarded as the first queer film made in the United States, as well as footage from German narrative and documentary films of the thirties, are interwoven with contemporary footage in this multi-faceted, haunting documentary.
6th September, 7.30 pm
Tender Fictions, 1996, 61 min.
Presented by film director from Ukraine Svitlana Shymko
Hammer’s 1996 documentary is the second in a trilogy of autobiographical films (other two are “Nitrate Kisses” and “History Lessons”); where from a collage of old home movies, photographs, interviews, sounds and quotations, the documentary film details artist’s childhood as a young girl born into an Ukrainian family, with a mother who wanted her to be like the child actress Shirley Temple, and a grandmother who worked as a cook for the actress Lillian Gish. It chronicles her life in the 1960s and the moment in 1970 when she first heard the word lesbian and realised that it applied to her.
7th September, 7.30 pm
Film and visual art researcher, prof. Natalija Arlauskaitė’s lecture on Barbara Hammer (in Lithuanian)
Early shorts programme
Barbara Ward Will Never Die, 1968, 3 min.
Dyketactics, 1974 m., 4 min.
Superdyke Meets Madame X, 1975, 21 min.
Location: Cinema “Skalvija”, A. Goštauto g. 2, Vilnius