Nitrate Kisses

with filmmaker Barbara Hammer

Friday, April 4, 2008, 7:00pm - 7:00pm
As part of the 5th Annual Graduate Cinema Conference ("Alternative Non-fiction: Essay films, hybrids and experimental documentaries"), the Committee on Cinema and Media Studies program is pleased to welcome Barbara Hammer as its visiting filmmaker. Nitrate Kisses explores eroded emulsions and images for lost vestiges of lesbian and gay culture in this first feature by a pioneer of lesbian cinema, Barbara Hammer. A forbidden and invisible history of a marginalized people are put in context by the contemporary sexual activities of four gay and lesbian couples. The role of sexuality in the historic present underscores the resistance of two cultures, gay and lesbian, struggling to survive in the complex interaction of power and domination of a dominant heterosexist ideology. (Barbara Hammer, 1992, 16mm, 67 minutes)
Co-sponsored by Committee on Cinema & Media Studies, University of Chicago Student Activities Board, and the Adelyn Russell Bogert Endowment Fund of the Franke Institute for the Humanities