Q&A with Deborah Stratman and Lynne Sachs

To commemorate the passing of pioneering experimentalist Barbara Hammer, Art of the Real presents a free program featuring one of Hammer’s most indelible works—the 1978 portrait of sapphic intimacy Double Strength (15m, in 16mm)—alongside two 2018 homages. Lynne Sachs’s triple-portrait Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor (8m) also pays tribute to fellow trailblazers Carolee Schneemann and Gunvor Nelson. Deborah Stratman’s Vever (for Barbara) (12m) combines unused footage shot by Hammer in Guatemala in 1975 with texts by Maya Deren, staging an encounter across three generations of women that explores the ethics and the promise of the unfinished.

Double Strength was preserved by Electronic Arts Intermix and the Academy Film Archive through the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.