Awards & Quotes

BARBARA HAMMER: Artist Awards & Quotes

“I choose film and video as a medium to make the invisible, visible. Anyone can be left out of history. I am compelled to reveal and celebrate marginalized peoples whose stories have not been told. A multi-level cinema that engages them viscerally and intellectually activates my audiences. I want people to leave the theater with fresh perceptions and emboldened to take active and political stances for social change in a global environment.” 

Barbara Hammer is an internationally recognized film artist who has made 80 films/videos for which she received the prestigious Frameline Award for making a significant contribution to lesbian and gay cinema. Her trilogy of experimental documentaries on lesbian and gay histories is already considered classic cinema: Nitrate Kisses (1992), Tender Fictions (1995), and History Lessons (2000).

In The Exploding Eye, A Re-Visionary History of 1960s American Experimental Cinema, Wheeler Winston Dixon writes:

“Hammer’s intense productivity places her on the scale of Brakhage or Warhol as a major force in the independent cinema; Hammer neatly inverts the patriarchal forces implicitly and often “invisibly” at work in independent cinema practice.” 


*Selected Feature Essay & Personal Documentaries 

Nitrate Kisses 1992 premiered Sundance & Toronto Film Festival

Tender Fictions 1995 premiered Sundance & Forum, Berlinale

History Lessons,2000 premiered The Frameline Film Festival, San.Francisco 

Devotion, A Fim about Ogawa Productions 2000, premiered Taiwan Inter.Doc. Film Festival

My Babushka: Searching Ukrainian Identities, 2000 Sundance Channel

Resisting Paradise, 2003 Sundance Channel


• Retrospectives

1985 Centre Pompidou, Paris

1991 Retrospective: Film Forum, Directors Guild of American, Los Angeles

1992 Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln

1994 Out in South Africa Film Festival., Johannesburg/Cape Town/Durban

1998  Immaginaria Women’s Film Festival, Italy 

2006 Turin International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Italy 

2007 Chinese Culture University, Taiwan

2010 Museum of Modern Art New York


* Selected Grants and Fellowships

2000 Creative Capital for Resisting Paradise

1997 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow Award in Film

1999 Camargo Foundation Residency

Art Matters Grant in Film Production & Arts Link Travel Grant to Ukraine 1999

2000 Creative Capital for Resisting Paradise

2000 The Japan Foundation & Artist Fellowship N.Y.State Council on the Arts Film Prod.


* Selected Juror

1993 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 

1994  Sundance Film Festival        


*Selected Honors

Whitney Museum of American Art Biennials (’85;’93;95)

Museum of Modern Art, Cineprobes (’85;’91;’95;’98)

1993 Polar Bear Award, Berlin International Film Festival Sundance, Toronto, Berlin 

2000 Frameline Award, Frameline International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

2006 Shirley Clarke Award Avant-garde Filmmaking Award, NYWFT 

2008 LEO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film, Flaherty Seminars 

2009 Teddy Award, Berlinale, Best Short Film A Horse Is Not A Metaphor 2008



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