Media Arts Program

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.


The UB Department of Visual Studies Speakers Series, Leslie-Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series, Department of Media Study, Center for Global Media, Graduate Group in Queer Studies, & Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center present

Su Friedrich

Artist's Talk

UB Center For the Arts, North Campus
Screening Room 112

How to Drag Your Private Life—Kicking & Screaming— Into the Public: Looking Back at 35 Years of Filmmaking

Su Friedrich is the recipient of the Cal Arts Alpert Award in the Arts and has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as numerous grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Independent Television Service, and the Jerome Foundation. Her films and videos have been the subject of retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Stadtkino in Vienna, the Pacific Cinematheque in Vancouver, the National Film Theater in London, Hallwalls, and many others. Friedrich's work is part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Royal Film Archive of Belgium, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the National Library of Australia. Her complete original film materials are being conserved at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Film Archive in Los Angeles.

Friedrich's films have won many awards, including: for The Odds of Recovery, Best Documentary at Identities Festival in Vienna; for Hide and Seek, Best Narrative Film Award at the Athens International Film Festival, Outstanding Documentary Feature at Outfest '97 in Los Angeles, Special Jury Award at the New York Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and Juror's Choice Award at the Charlotte Film Festival; for Sink or Swim, Grand Prix at the Melbourne Film Festival, the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Gold Juror's Choice Award at the Charlotte Film and Video Festival, Special Jury Award at the Atlanta Film Festival, and Best Experimental Film Award at the USA Short Film and Video Festival; for Damned If You Don't, Best Experimental Film Award at the Athens Film Festival and Best Experimental Narrative Award at the Atlanta Film Festival; and for Cool Hands, Warm Heart, Special Merit Award at the Athens Film Festival. Friedrich also won the Peter S. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

Most of Su Friedrich's films have screened at Hallwalls over the years, most recently Hide and Seek in the original 16mm on March 20, 2009. Gently Down The Stream was shown in 1985 as part of our earliest Gay and Lesbian Film Series. On March 12, 1988, Friedrich visited Hallwalls in person to present her then recent films The Ties That Bind (1984, 16mm, 55 min.) and Damned If You Don't (1987, 16mm, 43 min.). Sink Or Swim was exhibited in the second biannual Ways In Being Gay festival in 1990. Rules of the Road was part of a 1993 program of films entitled Skin Flicks.