Audience + Conversations with Intellectuals...
DIRECTOR: LOURDES PORTILLO / BARBARA HAMMER
Intro and Q&A with Barbara Hammer.
CONVERSATIONS WITH INTELLECTUALS ABOUT SELENA
Lourdes Portillo / 1999 / 58 min / Digital
Barbara Hammer / 1981 / 32 min / 16mm
Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive
Two freewheeling films about art, audience and reception: an incredible document of the LGBT film scene in the early 1980s (as well as Barbara Hammer’s off the charts charisma), Audience finds the artist working in a more straightforward documentary mode, interviewing the largely lesbian audiences at various festivals and retrospectives before and after screenings of her work. From the anticipation on line before the show to the in-depth discussions after the film, Hammer shines a light on women seeing themselves represented on screen for the first time. In Conversations with Intellectuals about Selena, Lourdes Portillo brings a group of Chicana intellectuals together to talk about the life and legacy of crossover Tejana music icon Selena Quintanilla.
Total Runtime: 90 mins