With Regrouping, Lizzie Borden initiates the exploration into the social dynamics of female collectivity that she would continue to pursue in her subsequent fiction films, Born in Flames (1983) and Working Girls (1986). Borden began Regrouping as an attempt to work together with four artists to document the interactions in their women’s group. However, as she puts it in the film, “Gradually the terms of the film changed: they began to drift away; more and more, it became my film.” The final result uses fragmentation, repetition, overlapping voiceovers, and disjunctive sound-image relations to sketch the vicissitudes of group belonging. After a handful of initial screenings, Regrouping disappeared from circulation. Borden put the sole print of the film in her closet for some forty years, yielding to the complaints of its participants, who were unhappy with the outcome. Now, with their permission, it is circulating once more in a new restoration by Anthology Film Archives.
Barbara Hammer’s Audience visits San Francisco, London, and Montreal, where the filmmaker interviews audience members before and after the projection of her films. Audience is both a precious cross-cultural ethnography of predominantly lesbian film publics and a time capsule of key debates that enlivened those spheres in the early 1980s, including the stakes of sexual explicitness, the desire for positive images of lesbianism, and the idea of women-only screenings. Throughout it all, Hammer is a lively presence, crafting an artistic persona and modeling how film can be a medium of encounter between people.
The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with Lizzie Borden.
Sat, 01 Apr 2023
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