Fair Brane, a filmmaker and painter based in Los Angeles, is the recipient of the inaugural Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant via Queer|Art, an organization launched in 2009 to “support a generation of LGBTQ artists that lost mentors to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.” Brane received a grant of $5,000 for her short film essay Drink More Water.
“I use film as a social practice,” Brane says. “Through my work, I aim to draw attention to hidden oppressive constructs rigorously at work in our society. In the near future, I see myself merging this ambition with other modes of creativity, specifically multimedia performance work and other forms of social sculpture. I am fascinated by the nexus that experimental and immersive film can provide. Foremost, however, I hope to continue the tradition of avant-garde and experimental social practice cinema.”