ShortList 2023: ‘Love, Barbara’ Sheds New Light on Queer Film Pioneer Barbara Hammer

Director Brydie O’Connor credits Hammer’s longtime love Florrie R. Burke for insight into “the lesbian lover filmmaker”

Florrie R. Burke in "Love, Barbara"
Florrie R. Burke in "Love, Barbara"

“Love, Barbara” was selected as a finalist in this year’s ShortList Film Festival, presented by TheWrap. You can watch the films and vote for your favorite here.

Whether you’re a fan of Barbara Hammer’s work or a complete neophyte, “Love, Barbara” welcomes you with open arms. A groundbreaking director in the lesbian film genre, Hammer’s work was iconoclastic and experimental, focused on offering a window into lesbian life and relationships with artistry and innovation.

What “Love, Barbara” offers that other overviews of Hammer’s work might have missed is the perspective of Florrie R. Burke, the filmmaker’s lover for 31 years who, after Hammer’s death in 2019, dedicated herself to preserving her legacy for posterity.