• Kreivės 2019

    September 4–8

  • Barbara Hammer

    Retrospective and introductions

    September 5–7, 7.30 PM, at “Skalvija”

  • Competition Shorts

    12 selected short films in 3 screenings

    September 4–7, at “Skalvija”

Early Shorts

1968–1975 / US / 3 shorts

Director: Barbara Hammer

English with Lithuanian subtitles, 28 min

Cinema “Skalvija”, A. Goštauto g. 2, Vilnius
September 7 — 7.30 PM (preceded by a lecture about the work of Barbara Hammer by Natalija Arlauskaitė, film scholar, professor at Vilnius University)

Barbara Ward Will Never Die

1968 / US / experimental

Director: Barbara Hammer
3 min

Using a hand-held camera, Hammer initially shot on 8 mm stock. Her second film – created in 1968 while the artist was still married (her married name was Barbara Ward) – programmatically shows the desecration of a graveyard. Though only at the beginning of her development as an artist, she already disturbs the peace of the dead, confidently erecting a monument to herself amid them: “Barbara Ward Will Never Die”. The young filmmaker stakes her claim to a place in history.



1974 / US / experimental

Director: Barbara Hammer
4 min

Barbara Hammer took a group of women to the countryside for a weekend of filming, then she cut into shreds an hour long film of women in nature, leaving just the core images showing touching. To her final 4 min edit she added some directed love making scenes.

“Dyketactics” has been premiered at the end of the semester to her teachers, and fellow students at the university. The film received a lot of praise by her professors after the screening, and even though she was taken by surprise, Hammer knew she was on something big. “Dyketactics” is the first lesbian lovemaking film made by a lesbian which opened a new ground in lesbian identity, desire, and aesthetic representation.


Superdyke Meets Madame X

1975 / US / documentary, experimental

Director: Barbara Hammer, Max Almy
English with Lithuanian subtitles, 21 min

From the first kiss to breakup – the film documents Barbara Hammer’s relationship with Max Almy on a reel-to-reel ¾” videotape recorder and microphone. Winner of the Louise Riskin Prize at the 1976 San Francisco Art Festival, “Superdyke Meets Madame X” was Hammer’s first foray into recording with the Sony Portapak, and was produced as part of a skill swap with Almy.


Trailer and photo: Superdyke Meets Madame X.