A Horse Is Not A Metaphor


Filmmaker Barbara Hammer fights ovarian cancer with visions of horseback riding and river swimming in her new experimental film, A Horse Is Not A Metaphor.
As a “cancer thriver” rather than “survivor,” Barbara Hammer rides the red hills of Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, the grassy foothills of the Big Horn in Wyoming, and leafy paths in Woodstock, New York, changing illness into recovery.
The haunting and wondrous music of Meredith Monk underscores and celebrates in this experiential/experimental film that lifts us up when we might be most discouraged.
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  • Runtime

    30 min
  • Country

    United States
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Barbara Hammer
  • Cast

  • Production Company

    Barbara Hammer
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Short Film
  • Teddy Award Winner

    Best Short Film

Biography 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

Filmography Barbara Hammer

1979 Available Space | 1979 Bent Time | 1979 Dream Age | 1986 Snow Job | 1987 No No Nooky T.V. | 1989 Sill Point | 1991 Vital Signs | 1993 Sanctus