Barbara Hammer Films
At the Tropic Cinema
Tickets: $20, includes reception
$15: Tropic and TSKW members
All ticket sales for this event will be handled through Tropic Cinema, (877) 761-3456
Barbara Hammer has been using experimental film for over 40 years as a means of bringing visibility to the histories of women, with a specific focus on the lives and stories of lesbians. Her works have been featured in numerous film festivals including Sundance, and are in the collections of The Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. She has also had retrospectives worldwide, recently was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has had a film nominated for an Academy Award (Maya Deren’s Sink, best short documentary 2011).
Jeju-do is the largest of Korean islands and lies between Korea and Japan. There, for hundreds of years, women dive without breathing apparatus to the ocean floor and collect shellfish, octopus, and urchins that they sell. This ancient woman’s tradition is about to die. Filmmaker Barbara Hammer dives with the women and records the reasons behind their disappearing work and lifestyles.
“And what more could I possibly ask as an artist than that your most precious visions, however rare, assume sometimes the forms of my images.” Maya Deren
Deren is often referred to as the archetypal example of independence, a filmmaker who managed to avoid the institutional regulation of American cinema. Deren screened her films on her living room walls to interested audiences, occasionally exhibiting to critics like Manny Farber and James Agee. Her aim was to inspire a new generation of avant-garde filmmakers.