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Wednesday 21st August 2019

Barbara Hammer X BEEF Screening

— Exchange
An evening celebrating queer experimental cinema.
price: Headfirst Tickets


Barbara Hammer is a legend and pioneer of things queer and experimental, yet her films are barely accessible. Hammer died in March this year and this screening of her best known work Nitrate Kisses on 16mm projection will be an ode, a celebration, and an opportunity to unite as a community, sharing thoughts, ideas, and issues. This event promotes queer visibility and confronts film history's tendency to exclude the marginalised.

About the film...

In her first feature, Barbara Hammer weaves striking images of four contemporary gay and lesbian couples with footage of an unearthed, forbidden, and invisible history, searching eroded emulsions and images for lost vestiges of queer culture. Questions of historic representation are examined through addressing the margins, between-the-line readings, and images outside of prescribed textual boundaries. Archival footage from Lot In Sodom (1933), often regarded as the first queer film made in the United States, as well as footage from German narrative and documentary films of the thirties, are interwoven with contemporary footage in this multi-faceted, haunting documentary.

"Nitrate Kisses questions how history is recorded and encourages the viewer, gay or straight, to save scraps, letters, books, records, and snapshots in order to preserve our 'ordinary' lives as history." — Barbara Hammer

CLIP - https://vimeo.com/2883381


This event works in partnership with Bristol Experimental Expanded Film collective. Before the main screening, we will be showcasing some brilliant works from BEEF members:

Viridian Ensemble - The audio-visual performance group will start off the night with a unique improvised set.

Vicky Smith - 'Noisy Licking, Dribbling and Spitting' (2014) will be screening on 16mm projection.

The screening will then be followed by a panel discussion (members TBA) and time for audience Q&A.


TICKETS £5 available online or at the door. Please get in touch if you cannot afford this and we can figure it out - nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds.


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