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NWFF hosts "Hammer Me Queer," a celebration of Lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer

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Barbara Hammer — Courtesy photo
Barbara Hammer — Courtesy photo

Calling all film geeks! The Interbay Cinema Society is preparing a magical triple feature of pioneering Queer director, cinematographer, and filmmaker Barbara Hammer's most iconic works. "Hammer Me Queer" will be a celebration of her life and art, and the fiery path she blazed for future Queer people in the film industry throughout her 50-year career, which has led to her often being considered the mother of the Lesbian film genre.

Three of Hammer's films, Nitrate Kisses, Endangered, and Multiple Orgasm, will be projected on 16mm at the Northwest Film Forum on June 22 at 7 p.m.

At just over an hour, Hammer's first feature film, Nitrate Kisses, follows the daily life of four Queer couples in New York City. This documentary was revolutionary in exploring LGBTQ+ culture in the early '90s at a time when Queer people were hardly recognized in mainstream pop culture. The film received the Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, and a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the iconic Sundance Film Festival, despite conservatives railing against it for promoting "homoerotica."

Filmed in 1976, Multiple Orgasm is a self-explanatory short film that combines erotic clips of female masturbation with others of rock formations. The work was highly controversial at the time but reflects the themes of women's empowerment and sexual liberation, which Hammer came to be known for in her career.

Endangered reflects Hammer's career and love affair with film. The 18-minute short combines imagery of celluloid with Hammer's own hands as she physically sculpts her movie. An ode to the poetry of film, Endangered is as much a piece of art as it is a look into Hammer's soul.

Due to the content of the "Hammer Me Queer" festival, admission will only be granted to patrons 18 and up. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and $7 for NWFF members.