Still from the short film "Black Panthers" (1968)

Didion and the Counterculture


Copresented by the Hammer Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive

Ringing throughout Joan Didion’s pieces on the counterculture and political militancy of the long 1960s is a clear note of skepticism. These four works offer contrasting vibe reports from those same milieus: Agnès Varda’s dispatch on the Black Panthers in Oakland, Kenneth Anger’s avant-garde summoning (which stars Manson Family member Bobby Beausoleil), Ralph Arlyck’s portrait of a four-year-old hippie in the Haight, and a Newsreel documentary about one woman’s path to feminist self-understanding.

Black Panthers
(1968, dir. Agnès Varda, color, 31 min.)

Invocation of My Demon Brother
1969, dir. Kenneth Anger, 35mm, color, 12 min.)

(1969, dir. Ralph Arlyck, 16mm, color, 14 min.)

Janie’s Janie
(1971, dir. Geri Ashur, Peter Barton, Marilyn Mulford, Stephanie Palewski, 16mm, black & white, 25 min.)

Total runtime: 82 min.


Read the Hammer's full COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Ticketing: Admission is free. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis starting at 6:30 p.m.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing until 15 minutes before the program. Learn more about membership.
Parking: Parking is available under the museum. Rates are $7 for the first three hours with museum validation, and $3 for each additional 20 minutes, with a $20 daily maximum. There is a $7 flat rate after 6 p.m. on weekdays, and all day on weekends. Cash or credit card.

Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

♿ Accessibility information

All public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor. Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, the Elizabeth Bixby Janeway Foundation, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.
Digital presentation of Hammer public programs is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.
Hammer public programs are presented online in partnership with the #KeepThePromise campaign—a movement promoting social justice and human rights through the arts.