Women Make Movies Women Make Movies View Cart
Women Make Movies
Find
Related Links
Related Subjects
History
Literature
Art

Pricing
click level for more info
DVD Sale $295.00
DVD Rental $90.00
Add
DVD Sale $89.00
Request a quote now



The Female Closet
A film by Barbara Hammer
1998, 60 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99610
This fascinating film from renowned filmmaker Barbara Hammer combines rare footage, interviews, and rich visual documentation to survey the lives of variously closeted women artists from different segments of the 20th century: Victorian photographer Alice Austen, Weimar collagist Hannah Höch, and present day painter Nicole Eisenman. In a compelling examination of the art world’s treatment of lesbians, Hammer documents how the museum devoted to Austen ignores the implications of her crossdressing photos, how the Museum of Modern Art glossed over Höch’s sexuality in a major exhibit, and how Eisenman’s work based on patriarchal porn is described by critics as “liberating, fun, and over the top”. Examining the museum as closet, and the negotiation of visibility and secrecy in lesbian history, this thoughtful video is a provocative look at the relationship between art, life, and sexuality.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • Festival de Filmes de Femmes, Creteil
  • Assoc. of Women Journalists Award
  • National Media Education Festival, Bronze Apple Award
  • NY, SF, Toronto, and LA, Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals
  • Dallas Video Festival
  • Charlotte Film & Video Festival
  • Femme Totale, Dortmund, Germany
  • Athens International Film and Video Festival

back to top


QUOTES

    “…a superb lesson on the history of lesbian art, as it interrogates the relationship between “the closet” and lesbian artists over the last hundred years.”
    Linda Lopez McAlister
    The Woman’s Show, WMNF-FM

    “The material Hammer got her hands on is impressive and staggering…”
    Lawrence Ferber
    The NY Blade

    “Hammer’s new doc is an accomplished scissors-and-paste job, using talking heads, home movies, and archival photographs in it’s investigation of the lives, art, and sexual histories of three women artists.”
    Elliot Stein
    Village Voice

back to top


RELATED LINKS

back to top


Navaigate New Releases Previous Title Next Title Year Subject Title Maker



  Sign up to get our monthly newsletter delivered by email.



You'll get the latest info on WMM films, filmmakers, new releases and worldwide events.
Read the current issue and subscribe! amazon amazon
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

WMM offers film collections on a variety of specific subject areas, including the collections MUSLIM: Behind the Veil, BODY IMAGE: Women & Young Girls, and AFRICA IS A WOMAN'S NAME.

Deep discounts are available when you purchase multiple films. More details.



© Women Make Movies, 2005
site map

Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitiates the production, promotion, distribution, and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. contact us