Queer Cinema is the Focus of Schnitzer Cinema’s Queer Productions Series

The film series has expanded to included screenings to Downtown Eugene’s Wayward Lamb


EUGENE, Ore. -- (February 4, 2016) – Schnitzer Cinema, the JSMA’s annual film series, showcases queer cinema as part of the year-long program “Queer Productions.” Supported by the English Department and the College of Arts and Sciences, “Queer Productions” includes film screenings at The Wayward Lamb, classes, guest artists and scholars, a symposium, and the exhibition “Relationship” by Zachary Drucker and Rhys Ernst.  Programmed by Richard Herskowitz, director of Cinema Pacific and JSMA Curator of Media Arts, with the help of Professor Quinn Miller, all events are free.


The winter/spring season of Schnitzer Cinema opens on February 10 with “Tender Fictions,” including a Skype discussion with Barbara Hammer at 7 p.m. at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Hammer, an acclaimed pioneer of queer cinema, has produced more than 75 works, including early lesbian avant-garde films that continue to influence a new generation of artists. Most recently, Hammer was honored with a retrospective of her films at MoMA (New York, 2010) and the Tate Modern (London, 2012).  


Innovative, funny, and historic, “Tender Fictions” is an autobiographical exploration of the search for and meaning of gay community, featuring a rich montage of home movies, experimental films, news footage, and personal photographs. Hammer’s “Maya Deren’s Sink” will be screened as well, and that film explores Deren’s concepts of space, time, and form through visits and projections filmed in her L.A. and New York homes.


On February 11, “Welcome to this House” will be shown in the museum at 2 p.m., with an additional Skyped talk with Barbara Hammer (2015) is a feature documentary film 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.


Additionally, a Queer Film series will be held at the Wayward Lamb (150 West Broadway), starting February 9, at 7 p.m, with Cheryl Dunye’s film “The Watermelon Woman.” Dunye’s film explores thematic issues of historical investigation, self-discovery, romance, racial identity, and interpersonal relationships. More information on Queer Productions can be found at


Queer Productions Film Schedule


Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon
1430 Johnson Lane

Wednesdays at 7pm (except Feb. 11). Free!

February 10: “Tender Fictions” and Maya Deren’s “Sink” with director Barbara Hammer via Skype


February 11, 2pm: “Welcome to this House” with director Barbara Hammer via Skype


March 9, 7pm: “Hardcore Home Movies” with guest curators Bradford Nordeen and Clara López Menéndez of the Dirty Looks Collective


April 13, 7pm: “Wildness” by Wu Tsang


May 4, 7pm: “The Video Art of Zackary Drucker” with the artist present


The Wayward Lamb, 150 West Broadway, Eugene

Tuesdays at 7pm. Free!

February 9: Cheryl Dunye’s “Watermelon Woman”


March 8: Bruce LaBruce’s “Hustler White,” introduced by Bradford Nordeen and Clara Lopez Mendendez of the Dirty Looks Collective


April 12: Jenny Livingston’s “Paris is Burning,” starring Pepper Lebeja and Willi Ninja


May 3: Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey's “Women in Revolt,” introduced by Zackary Drucker


The Cinema Pacific’s Queer Productions is supported by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Academic Affairs, a  JSMA Academic Support Grant, Center for the Study of Women in Society, and the Cinema Studies Program.


About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest museum for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art based in a major university setting. The mission of the museum is to enhance the University of Oregon’s academic mission and to further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public.  The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, the Americas and Europe as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of six museums in Oregon accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.


About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.


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