History Lessons

2000, 66:51 min, color, sound, 16 mm film on video

In History Lessons, Hammer reclaims and rewrites lesbian history through her playful but empowering manipulation of a vast array of archival footage, from popular films to newsreels, sex ed pics, stag reels, medical and educational films, old nudies, and more.

Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Barbara Hammer. Associate Producer and Director: Anna Viola Halleberg. Production Assistant and Errand Boy: Tamela Sloan. Butch Text and Voice: Sue Hyde. French Script: Mary Klein. French Voice: Catherine Ruello. Eleanor Roosevelt's Lesbian Voice: Florrie Burke.

With: Kajsa Aman, Antonia Caputo (aka Toni), Denise Coles, David Del Tredice, Cambrea Ezell, Coco Feliciano, Jane Fine, Mo Fisher (aka Mo B. Dick), Coco Fusco, Mildren Gerestant (aka Oreo), Anna Hallberg , Barbara Lempel, Ann Maguire, Piper Macleod, Sharon Jane Smith, Kathryn Thomas, Laura Marie Thompson, Carmelita Tropicana.

Thanks to: The Lesbian Herstory Archives, The Mabel Hampton Collection at The Lesbian Herstory Archives, Prelinger Archives, Jennie Olson Archives, Michelle Dell: Hogs & Heifers Saloon, Cafe Florent. A Special Thanks to: Florrie Burke. Support Provided by: Frameline Completion Fund, Yaddo Artist Residency.