This program pays homage to queer cinema pioneer Barbara Hammer in the context of the theme of feminist film genealogies by placing two of Hammer’s films beside a work by her mentee, Joey (formerly known as Gina) Carducci, and a film they made together. Hammer’s Dyketactics articulates lesbian desire and sexuality through the physicality of the female body and the materiality of the film medium. Nitrate Kisses weaves striking images of four gay and lesbian couples with footage of an unearthed forbidden and invisible history. In A Video Letter To Barbara Hammer, Carducci comes out as transgender to Hammer, his mentor and friend, placing transmasculinity in the context of feminist and queer politics. Their collaborative film, Generations, is about mentoring and passing on the tradition of personal experimental filmmaking. Hammer, 70 years old, hands the camera to Carducci, a young queer filmmaker. As they shoot during the last days of Astroland at Coney Island, the filmmakers find that the amusement park architecture and the emulsion of the film medium itself echo the inevitable fact of aging.
- Dyketactics (Barbara Hammer, 1974, 4 min, 16mm)
- Nitrate Kisses (Barbara Hammer, 1992, 67 min, 16mm)
- A Video Letter To Barbara Hammer (Joey (formerly known as Gina) Carducci, 2016, 16 min, 16mm-to-digital)
- Generations (Barbara Hammer and Gina (now known as Joey) Carducci, 2010, 30 min, 16mm)