WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE, A FILM ABOUT ELIZABETH BISHOP, DIRECTOR: Barbara Hammer

West Coast Premiere: Frameline, San Francisco 7 Berkeley, California
West Coast Premiere: Frameline, San Francisco 7 Berkeley, California

WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE, A FILM ABOUT ELIZABETH BISHOP

DIRECTOR : Barbara Hammer

Poet Elizabeth Bishop has gained notoriety as much for her tempestuous romance with Lota de Macedo Soares as for her poetry. While that affair inspired a book and a movie (Reaching for the Moon, Frameline37), this new documentary broadens the focus and puts the Lota affair in context. Frameline24 Award recipient Barbara Hammer (whose previous films at Frameline are too numerous to list!) creates a layered portrait of the person behind the poet, from her childhood in Nova Scotia to her death in 1979. 

Bishop described herself as “timorously kicking around the coastlines of the world,” and the film is loosely organized around her stays in Nova Scotia, Key West, Brazil, and Cambridge—the homes she made for herself and the lovers she took. Never “out” as a lesbian—the concept would have been foreign to the writer who graduated from Vassar in the thirties—Bishop nonetheless actively pursued women, from her first summer-camp crush to the May-December romance that was her last affair. 

Hammer examines Bishop from all angles, interviewing everyone from literary luminaries like Marie-Claire Blais and Edmund White to Lota’s aged former maid. Hammer pulls the viewer into Bishop’s world, blending present day footage of each location with archival photos, and recreating moments in the writer’s life. Throughout the film we hear Bishop’s own words, read by Kathleen Chalfant, revealing yet another facet of a complicated and passionate woman.

American Originals Now: Barbara Hammer June 20 – 28

Tender Fictions (1998) by Barbara Hammer with Florrie Burke. Photo: Joyce Culver.
Tender Fictions (1998) by Barbara Hammer with Florrie Burke. Photo: Joyce Culver.

American Originals Now: Barbara Hammer  June 20 – 28 

Barbara Hammer (b. 1939) has been making groundbreaking films for more than forty years. Often hailed as the creator of the queer cinema genre, and committed to the portrayal of the untold histories of women, Hammer has presented retrospectives of her work internationally, most recently at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and the Toronto International Film Festival. 

Maya Deren’s Sink 
followed by Generations 
Saturday, June 20, at 2:30 p.m.
 
2011, 30 minutes; 2010, in collaboration with Gina Carducci, 30 minutes 
West Building Lecture Hall 

Resisting Paradise 
Sunday, June 21, at 4:00 p.m.
 
2003, 80 minutes 
West Building Lecture Hall 

My Babushka: Searching Ukrainian Identities 
preceded by Diving Women of Jeju-Do 
Saturday, June 27, at 3:00 p.m.
 
2007, 25 minutes; 2001, 53 minutes 
West Building Lecture Hall 

Lover/Other 
preceded by Tender Fictions 
Sunday, June 28, at 4:00 p.m.
 
1995, 58 minutes; 2006, 55 minutes 

Barbara Hammer in person 
West Building Lecture Hall 

www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/calendar/film-programs/aon-hammer.html

New York Museum of Modern Art & Barbara Hammer announce : WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE Screens, @ MoMA everyday May 26-June 1

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Frame from Welcome To This House : Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares

MoMA Presents: Barbara Hammer’s Welcome to This House, a Film on Elizabeth Bishop
May 26–June 1, 2015

http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/films/1581

Screening Hours
TUE, MAY 26, 7pm  | WED, MAY 27, 4pm
THU, MAY 28, 7pm Filmmaker present
FRI, MAY 29, 4pm | SAT, MAY 30, 7pm
SUN, MAY 31, 5pm | MON, JUN 1, 7pm

With her latest work, Barbara Hammer, who is known for films about lesbian life, history, and sexuality that draw upon avant-garde tradition, examines the little-known aspects of the life of the Pulitzer Prize–winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979). Hammer’s film, shown here in its New York premiere, explores Bishop’s inner life through some of the homes in which she lived and wrote—from childhood to her final days—and through the more private and sensorial poems that were published after her death. Featuring music composed and performed by the experimental singer and musician Joan La Barbara; Bishop’s intimate poems read by Kathleen Chalfont; three actors representing Bishop’s physical presence at different stages of her life; and interviews by historians, poets, and students, Welcome to This House sensitively portrays a complex, private, and challenging writer whose poetry continues to inspire.

Organized by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film.

Premiering at the Boston LGBT Film Festival | Barbara Hammer’s WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE: A FILM ON ELIZABETH BISHOP

Elizabeth Bishop at her favorite sport
Elizabeth Bishop at her favorite sport

Premiering at the Boston LGBT Film Festival! 

Barbara Hammer’s WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE: A FILM ON ELIZABETH BISHOP

We are proud to announce that acclaimed director Barbara Hammer will be world premiering her new film on poet Elizabeth Bishop at the 31st Annual Boston LGBT Film Festival!


WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE (2015) is a feature documentary film on the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), about life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure. Hammer filmed in Bishop’s ‘best loved homes’ in the U.S., Canada, and Brazil believing that buildings and landscapes bear cultural memories. Interviews with poets, friends, and scholars provide “missing documents” of numerous female lovers. Bishop’s intimate poetry is beautifully performed by Kathleen Chalfant and with the creative music composition by Joan La Barbara brings Bishop into our lives with new ways and unexpected details


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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Friday, April 10th

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WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE, A FILM ON ELIZABETH BISHOP BY BARBARA HAMMER

welcomeToThisHouse_WEBWelcome To This House (2015) HD, 79 minutes, col/sd

Welcome To This House (2015) is a feature documentary film on the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), about life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure. Hammer filmed in Bishop’s ‘best loved homes’ in the U.S., Canada, and Brazil believing that buildings and landscapes bear cultural memories. Interviews with poets, friends, and scholars provide “missing documents” of numerous female lovers. Bishop’s intimate poetry is beautifully performed by Kathleen Chalfant and with the creative music composition by Joan La Barbara brings Bishop into our lives with new ways and unexpected details.

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ELIZABETH BISHOP, Welcome to This House, a film by Barbara Hammer

Louise Crane and Elizabeth Bishop (1937)
Louise Crane and Elizabeth Bishop (1937)

 Welcome to This House (projected completion date 2014–15) is a feature-length essay documentary film about a great Modernist poet, Elizabeth Bishop, and her homes, life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self‐ disclosure.

The Guggenheim Foundation awarded Hammer a 2013 Fellowship in support of Welcome to This House.

http://www.gf.org/fellows/17405-barbara-hammer

BARBARA HAMMER RETROPSECTIVEJEU de PAUME , PARIS

Tender Fictions, 1995

The Risky Visions of Barbara Hammer

American experimental filmmaker
June 12 to July 1, 2012

Since the early 1970s, Barbara Hammer has claimed the double identity of feminist and lesbian activist. Pioneer of queer cinema, she has gained an international reputation in the field of American experimental cinema.

From her earliest films (X, Dyketactics, Superdyke), her boldness is evident in the enthusiastic and lyrical exploration of sexuality and women’s pleasure, previously terra incognita in the geography of cinema. For this, it invents new formal representations of flower and plant outbursts (Women I Love) to a symbolic vocabulary close to Surrealism, revealing its proximity with Maya Deren, and Claude Cahun (I Was / Am I, Psychosynthesis) and two recent works (Maya Deren’s Sink and Lover Other: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore).

The creative energy of Barbara Hammer fires up all of the rich technical syntax of the avant-garde: superimposed layering of images, visual collage, coloring or alteration of the film, de-framing, use of solarized and negative film, and editing in post production to transform the movie into poetic form by manipulating the film before our eyes (Endangered). All these effects contribute to the technical deployment of a work rich in radiant colors and sounds more and more skillfully worked (Generations). Even in her many films shot in black and white, Barbara Hammer is a filmmaker of light and perceptual experiments. She is also highly attentive to the accompanying sound of her films: music and sound effects that give a color, a tone, sometimes lyrical and sometimes humorous, to films that accompany the memory they hold.

From the first shooting in super 8mm, she films alone or with her friends, making public the most private chapters of her life. Parallel to the personal films are works of memory archives and hidden lesbian and gay histories, forming a trilogy: Nitrate Kisses (1992), Tender Fiction (1995) and History Lessons (2000).Her work evolves over time: in 2000, she filmed Devotion in Japan about a kind of “community” of filmmakers centered around a charismatic producer, and Resisting Paradise in 2003, which questions “how to be an artist in during war?” In 2007, she made a documentary about women divers from the Korean island of Jeju-Do, South Korea. In 2011, her latest film is a tribute to the filmmaker Maya Deren which she made after finishing in 2008, a painful movie A Horse Is Not A Metaphor where her fight against cancer is assisted by her of love of energy and life both intimately connected to the beauty of nature.Jeu de Paume website

This video clip was produced by the Jeu de Paume’s online magazine. ©Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2012

TATE MODERN—Barbara Hammer: The Fearless Frame

Barbara Hammer / Tate

Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 26, 2012

This major survey of Hammer’s work will be launched with the premiere of her new short film, Maya Deren’s Sink2011, a tribute to Deren’s longstanding influence on the artist. The month-long series also includes screenings of early, rarely seen Super-8 films, an evening of expanded cinema performances in the Turbine Hall, an event in response to Hammer’s work by artist Emily Roysdon, and several events featuring artists and speakers drawn from across Europe and North America, who testify to the powerful creative community Hammer has inspired.

The Tate Modern Barbara Hammer Retrospective 2012 is Over.
For a complete listing of the programme go to: http://www.tate.org.uk/search/Barbara%20Hammer

Developing Personal Imagery Workshop

“This workshop is for all artists of any medium, including text and sound. A personally developed visualization process using relaxation techniques will release images in the body of the participant. Diagrams, drawings, words and colors will become a “life-size” script score that will be shared. Collaborations of art projects may result from the process. All are welcome! It’s fun!!

In the morning session Barbara will lead participants in a life-size visualization to discover their personal imagery. These images will each be drawn and shared with the group. Following a lunch break, folks will meet again to develop a short script based on commonalities found in the imagery. They will shoot a short HD film together editing in the camera.

Each person will have opportunities to direct and shoot and speak personally with Barbara about their own projects.”

The website of visual artist and filmmaker Barbara Hammer. View clips, read synopses and information about the films, and purchase DVDs.