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2018 Berlin International Film Festival

Evidentiary Bodies World Premiere

2018, 10mins HD

Evidence, broadly construed, is anything presented in support of an assertion.

In these horrific times when lies are blatantly exclaimed as truths, when fear makes us withdraw from each other, when difference is maligned as xenophobia and when atrocities are committed in the name of spectacle, we must find and practice a quiet way of compassion, sympathy, and generosity through E M P A T H Y.

Screening Dates and Times

Wed. 21.2, 15:00 Arsenal 1

Thursday 22.02, 14:45 ZOO3

Friday 23.2, 18:00 AKADEMIE DER KUNSTE


Sunday, 25.02, 4 pm, Kino International

Leslie-Lohman Museum Fall Benefit & Retrospective Exhibition

Please join me at the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s Fall Benefit, celebrating art and philanthropy, and enjoy an exclusive preview of my upcoming exhibition BARBARA HAMMER: Evidentiary Bodies.

Tickets are $200-$1,000. Purchase your tickets here.

The exhibition, BARBARA HAMMER: Evidentiary Bodies, is curated by Staci Bu Shea and Carmel Curtis and will be on view October 7, 2017 – January 28, 2017.

About the Exhibition: Bringing together both known and previously unseen works of film and video, installations, works on paper, and material from her archive, this exhibition addresses critical themes that appear in Barbara Hammer’s work, including: lesbian representation, subjectivity and sexuality; intimacy and sensation; and conditions and maintenance of life and illness.

I spoke with Interview Magazine about the upcoming exhibition.

“Sanctus” at Palazzo Fortuny

Sanctus is on view and open to the public

in Intuition at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy

May 13 – November 26, 2017

In making Sanctus I was concerned about the contradictory qualities of beauty and danger of the images that were made by radiation. I delighted in the imagery and at the same time I imagined the deleterious effects of the image making on the subjects.  This was my dilemma in making the film and continues until today. I rely on the viewers’ intuition of a foreboding, a sense of ambivalence, an unsteady non-homogenous emotive state, a not-knowing.

WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE Upcoming Screenings: September/October 2015

Barbara Hammer @ Vassar Library
Barbara Hammer @ Vassar Library

Upcoming Screenings : September/October 

Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Canada,
Saturday, September 19 @ 1 p.m.

Queer Lisboa, Portugal, Saturday, September 19 @ 9:30 p.m.

Festival do Rio, Brazil, Oct. 1-14, TBA

MIX, Copenhagen, Oct. 2-11, TBA

Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Oct. 8-18, TBA.

Inside Out Ottawa, Canada, Oct. 24th/ 25th.


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


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 

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

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

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

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! 


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

Tickets Available Soon:

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

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