Watch the iconic legacy of lesbian experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer live on
Project type: Documentary Short
Project status: Production
Director: Brydie O'Connor
Producer: Myriam Schroeter
Producer: Ani Schroeter
Director of Photography: Maria Rusche
Editor: Matt Hixon
Website: Love, Barbara
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Love, Barbara is a short documentary about Barbara Hammer’s legacy as it lives on though her partner of over 30 years, Florrie Burke. As the Executor and Arts Administrator of the Hammer Estate, Florrie not only carries out Barbara’s legacy, but also gets to experience it in new ways through the genius of Barbara Hammer’s art and archive.
Love, Barbara blends cinematic imagery and elements of Barbara Hammer’s personal archive to explore the process of Florrie simultaneously carrying out and newly discovering the legacy of her late partner. In a heartfelt conversation in her and Barbara’s shared home, Florrie discusses her process of finding a collection of work Barbara left behind, unseen to both her and the public. Further, we return to a movie theater that has screened Barbara’s work throughout her career to view personal and art videos about inspiration through her love for Florrie. Love, Barbara will be a cinematic moving collage that encapsulates the legacy of Barbara Hammer unraveling before us, and ultimately exist as a visual love letter.
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Meet the Filmmakers
Brydie O’Connor – Director
Brydie O’Connor is a Kansas-bred, New York based filmmaker. Her award-winning directorial and producing work spans the documentary and narrative fields with a specific focus on women, queer, trans and non-binary stories. Most recently, Brydie was selected as a Female Filmmakers Berlin Directing Lab fellow to continue work on her forthcoming film, and she was named a Finalist for The Future of Film is Female Grant in partnership with MoMA. Brydie’s producing credits include The Lesbian Bar Project supported by Jägermeister, Taxi!, which premiered on Le Cinema Club, and Sana Que Sana, supported by Elara Pictures. Additionally, she is an LGBTQIA+ peer counselor at NYC’s volunteer-run Identity House. She is a graduate of The George Washington University.
Myriam Schroeter – Producer
Myriam Schroeter is an award-winning producer whose work spans the commercial and narrative realms. She co-produced the acclaimed film The Light of The Moon, which won the Narrative Feature Audience Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. She’s produced a number of independent music videos, art films and shorts, including Gramercywhich premiered at Locarno 2020. She’s collaborated on multiple video projects with artist Adam Pendleton, which are slated to premiere at The Whitney Biennial 2021 and a dedicated MoMA show “Who Is Queen?”
Additionally, Myriam spent two years working closely with Peter Saraf and Leah Holzer as a creative development executive at Big Beach Films. While there, she optioned IP, renewed new project submissions, discovered fresh talent and built out their independent film slate. She currently runs her own production company, Putshki, and will serve as an Executive Producer on the international feature film Before The Spring, written and directed by Lofty Nathan. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and resides in Brooklyn.
Maria Rusche – Director of Photography
Maria is a Cuban-American and grew up outside of Boston. She got her start as a gaffer and lighting technician on major feature films and television shows where she developed her eye for lighting and the collaborative skills that are essential to a cinematographer.
She is known for her work on Emma Seligman’s feature debut Shiva Baby (SXSW 2020 & TIFF 2020) which had its theatrical release in April 2021, as well as Jonah Feingold’s feature debut Dating and New York (Tribeca 2021). Her commercial work has been broadcast nationally and includes clients such as Delta, Plan B, Pantene, Stella Artois, Verizon, Smirnoff, and more.
Most recently, she shot Season 2 of the hit Showtime series Couples Therapy, premiering in April 2021. In 2018, she was invited to teach Cinematography at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she is currently an adjunct professor. She is based in Brooklyn.
Ani Schroeter – Co-Producer
Ani Schroeter is a New York based filmmaker. She has produced countless short films, music videos and campaigns as well as 1st Assistant Directed the film Giants Being Lonely which was nominated for the Orizzonti Competition (Horizons) at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Ani co-produced the short film Wiggle Room, directed by Sam Guest and Julia Baylis which premiered at Sundance 2021. She recently wrapped her first short film, Yield, starring Christine Spang and Lili Taylor.