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Lesbian Filmmaker Barbara Hammer Takes Over The Tate Modern

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Barbara Hammer attends Tribeca Talks After The Movie:
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Barbara Hammer attends Tribeca Talks After The Movie: "Independent Women: 15 Years Of NYWIFT-Funded Film" during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty)

Barbara Hammer is an experimental filmmaker and is perhaps best known for her early work, which constitutes some of the first lesbian-made films (see: "Dyketactics" (1974) and "Women I Love" (1976)).

The Tate Modern is currently presenting a major survey of the filmmaker's work this month, which will include rare screenings of Super-8 films and special performances, in addition to a showing of Hammer's new film, "Maya Deren’s Sink (2011)." This new short film is a tribute to Maya Deren (nee Eleanora Derenkowsky), the Russian avant-garde filmmaker who heavily influenced Hammer's work.

You can see slides of the "grandmother of lesbian film" below. Let us know what you think of Hammer's fearless output in the comments section.

"The Fearless Frame" runs until February 26th at Tate Modern in London.

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