Her autobiography, Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life, digs into her personal history and her philosophies on art.
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Hammer, according to her faculty biography at the European Graduate School, "introduced the first lesbian film to the world, Dyketatics," in 1974 as an up-and-coming filmmaker.
She's credited with giving rise to queer cinema in the United States.
"I was lucky when I made Dyketactics," says Hammer in an interview with BOMB magazine. "I didn't realize that it was the first lesbian film made by a lesbian. I would have been so afraid and intimidated. Instead, I just burst out and let my energy carry me through my work. In some ways being alone was great. There was a blank screen and I was filling it. That was a thrill. At the end of Dyketactics, I showed a vagina on the screen and this man screamed, AAAAAAAHHHH! All the women said, Haven't you seen that before?"
Hammer teaches a summer seminar at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and lives in New York City.
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