Born in Hollywood (United States), 1939Lives & works in (United States) Very active in: 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, Current decade
Barbara Hammer is known as one of the first and one of the most important experimental filmmakers dealing with issues as gender, lesbian relationships and family relationships. Her films are playful, imaginative and penetrating, and often have roots in her own life and connections to the lesbian and gay environment. As such her films are studied on universities every day all over the world.
In the past thirty years, Hammer has come a long way in making films. In the 70s she worked with 16-millimeter films. During the 80s she worked with experimental video art. In the 90s she incorporated the World Wide Web in her autobiography. Now in the year 2000, she has made her first digital video feature documentary Devotion
Hammer's films were not understood but she has progressed in her filmmaking winning awards and grants. She is the recipient of the Frameline 2000 award and the Creative Capital Grant.
She is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Psychology. Hammer also holds two Master of Arts degrees from San Francisco State University: one English Literature and one in Film. She also took postgraduate classes in the field of digital media.