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Maya Deren's Sink

Runtime:
30 min.
Year of Production:
2010
Country:
USA
Director:
Production Company:
Barbara Hammer
Berlinale Section:
Forum
Berlinale Category:
Short Film
Teddy Award:
Best Short Film

MAYA DEREN'S SINK explores Deren's concepts of space, time and form through visits and projections filmed in her LA and NY homes. Light projections in Deren's intimate space evoke a former time and space providing entree into the homes of an influential filmmaker we will never know. The film reclaims the spaces that inspired her work in order to share it with audiences. Time and space are collapsed as film locations of the 40’s are re-imagined in the present.

Performances by an actor based on Deren’s film and writing as well as overlooked biographical insights reveal a creative personality untouched by convention. Voices from the past speaking from doorways, windows and picture frames include the current L.A. and N.Y.C. home owners, Teiji Ito’s second wife, Judith Malvina, Carolee Schneemann, Ross Lipmann and others.  Through collapsing time and extending space, a unique architectural portrait of the artist is created.

The experimental soundtrack is compiled and augmented by the music of Teiji Ito (Maya's third husband) and Tavia Ito, Teiji's daughter.

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BIOGRAFIE Barbara Hammer


Barbara Hammer was born on May 15, 1939 in Hollywood, California. She is a visual artist working primarily in lm and video and has made over 80 works in a career that spans 30 years. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema. Her experimental lms of the 1970s often dealt with taboo subjects such as menstruation, female orgasm and lesbian sexuality. In the ’80s she used optical printing to explore perception and the fragility of 16mm lm life itself. Optic Nerve (1985) and Endangered (1988) were selected for the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennials (’85, ’89), Nitrate Kisses (1992) for the 1993 Whitney Biennial. Her documentaries tell the stories of marginalized peoples who have been hidden from history and are often essay lms that are multi-leveled and engage audiences viscerally and intellectually with the goal of activating them to make social change. She lives and works in New York City. Contact: barbarahammer@gmail.com

FILMOGRAFIE Barbara Hammer (selection)

2018 Evidentiary Bodies  2010 Maya Deren's Sink  2010 Generations  2008 A Horse Is Not A Metaphor  2006 Lover Other: The Story Of Claude Cahun And Marcel Moore  2006 Fucking Different New York  1993 Sanctus  1992 Nitrate Kisses  1991 Vital Signs  1989 Sill Point  1987 No No Nooky T.V.  1986 Snow Job  1979 Bent Time  1979 Dream Age  1979 Available Space 

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