Welcome to This House
Barbara Hammer / USA / 2015 / 79 min. / DCP
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.
Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 7pm
Skype introduction by Barbara Hammer in conversation with Jennifer Wild (UChicago)
As part of a two-night celebration of pioneering lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer, we’re pleased to present the Chicago premiere of her latest film, Welcome To This House (2015, 79 min., DCP), a feature documentary on the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), about life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure. Hammer filmed in Bishop’s “best loved homes” in the U.S., Canada, and Brazil, believing that buildings and landscapes bear cultural memories. Interviews with poets, friends, and scholars provide “missing documents” of numerous female lovers. Bishop’s intimate poetry is beautifully performed by Kathleen Chalfant, and with the creative music composition by Joan La Barbara, it brings Bishop into our lives with new ways and unexpected details. Senses of Cinema raved, “as befits its subject, the film is a primarily poetic project, which inhabits the world of Bishop and her poetry, entranced by the beauty of life in all its forms.” Slant Magazine said “Hammer is careful to keep the film’s focus primarily on a sensorial experience of Bishop’s work and chosen habitat, which at its best becomes a polymorphous evocation of the sonorous affects permeating Bishop’s physical and psychological milieu.”