Su Friedrich was born in 1954 in New Haven, Connecticut. She attended the University of Chicago in 1971-72 and Oberlin College from 1972-1975, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Art and Art History. Since 1976 she has lived and worked in New York.

Friedrich began filmmaking in 1978 and has produced and directed seventeen 16mm films and videos, including From the Ground Up (2007), Seeing Red (2005), The Head of a Pin (2004), The Odds of Recovery (2002), Hide and Seek (1996), Rules of the Road (1993), First Comes Love (1991), Sink or Swim (1990), Damned If You Don’t (1987), The Ties That Bind (1984), Gently Down the Stream (1981), and Cool Hands, Warm Heart (1979). With the exception of Hide and Seek, which was co-written with Cathy Quinlan and shot by Jim Denault, Friedrich has been the writer, director, cinematographer, sound recordist and editor of all her films, which range in length from 10 to 65 minutes.

Friedrich’s films have won many awards and have been widely screened in the United States, Canada and Europe. Since 1983, Friedrich has made personal appearances at over 180 one person shows. Her work has also been the subject of retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, The Stadtkino in Vienna, the Pacific Cinematheque in Vancouver, the National Film Theater in London, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Buenos Aires Festival of Independent Cinema,  Anthology Film Archives in New York, among others.

Friedrich is the recipient of the Alpert Award in the Arts (1996), an Independent Television Service production grant (1994), an NEA Fellowship (1994), a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (1990), a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1989), and many others.

Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the New York Public Library, the Royal Film Archive of Belgium, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the National Library of Australia, as well as many university libraries. The films are distributed by The Museum of Modern Art, Outcast Films, Canyon Cinema, Canadian Filmmaker’s Distribution Center in Toronto, Light Cone in Paris, Archives du Film Experimental in Avignon,and Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek in Berlin.

The films have been reviewed in numerous publications – including Variety, Premiere, The Village Voice, Artforum, The New York Times, The Nation, Film Quarterly, The Millennium Film Journal, Film Comment – and essays on her work as well as excerpts from her scripts have appeared in numerous books, including among others Women’s Experimental Cinema (2007), 501 Movie Directors (2007), Contemporary American Independent Film: From the Margins to the Mainstream (2005),Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde, 1943-2000 (2002).

Friedrich is currently Professor of Visual Art in the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University where she teaches film/video production.


Exhibitions

“Perspectives on Pain”, Work-Detroit, Michigan, December 2-30, 2011
“Independence Returns”, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, Sept. 9-Oct. 2, 2011
“re:working” (solo show), Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, May 14-June 6, 2011

 

Solo Screenings

2012
Flex Fest, Gainesville, FL;  City College of New York, NY; York University, Toronto, Canada; Pratt Institute, NY;  Princeton University

2011
Swarthmore College, NY;  SUNY Purchase, NY;  The University of Chicago, IL;  The School of the Art Institute, IL;  “Eye and Ear” series at The Art Institute, IL;  Columbia College, IL;  University of Illinois at Chicago, IL;  Brooklyn College, NY;  The New School, NY

2010
Cooper Union, NY;  Wexner Center for the Arts, OH;  Anthology Film Archives, NY;  Museum of Modern Art, NY;  Women’s Center, Princeton University, NJ;  Doc Watchers, NY

2009
Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY;  Princeton Public Library, NJ;  College of Charleston, SC;  The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, NY;  New Directions in Documentary Film Festival & Symposium, Wellesley, MA

2008
Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center, NY University of Tennessee, Knoxville University of Toledo, OH Hunter College, NY, Oberlin College, Ohio St Mary’s College, Maryland The Calhoun School, NY

2007
Ponrepo National Film Archive Theater, Prague, Czech Republic FAMU (Film School), Prague, Czech Republic University for Applied Arts (Universität für angewandte Kunst), Vienna, Austria Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA Arsenal Cinema, Berlin, Germany Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY RedCat Theater, LA OutFest, LA USC, LA

2006
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA New Jersey University, Jersey City, NJ Hamilton College, Clinton, NY New College, Sarasota, FL

2005
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Syracuse University, NY Juniata College, PA New Jersey City University

2004
University of Iowa, Cedar Rapids Pennsylvania State University Smith College, Northampton, MA Gay and Lesbian Center, New York Northwest Film Center/Cinema Project, Portland, OR

2003
Arsenal Cinema, Berlin, Germany Babylon Cinema, Berlin, Germany NYU Center for Media, Culture and History, NY American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Conference, Montreal Canadian Women’s Studies Association Conference, Halifax National Women’s Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, University of Tucson, AZ Hartford Art School, CT Princeton University, NJ Film Studies Center, University of Chicago, IL Concordia University, Montreal, SUNY Binghamton, NY Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY Virginia Film Society, Charlottesville, VA Ohio University, Athens, OH

2002
Pioneer Theater, New York California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA U. C. Irvine, CA USC, Los Angeles, CA Film Forum, Los Angeles, CA School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Mass College of Art, Boston, MA Emerson College, Boston, MA MIT, Cambridge, MA SUNY Purchase, NY Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2001
OISE Center for Culture and Media, University of Toronto, CAN Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY Harvard University, Cambridge, MA University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI, Bluestockings Bookstore, New York, NY Rhode Island College, Providence, RI

2000
University of Denver, Denver, Co Suffolk County Community College, Suffolk, NY The New School, New York, NY Saratoga Film Society, Saratoga, NY Princeton University, Princeton, NJ Pratt College of Art, Brooklyn NY

1999

Den of Cin, New York, NY Hamilton College, Utica, NY Women’s Art Festival, Ypsilanti, MI Sixth Street Garden, New York, NY

1998
Image Forum, Tokyo, Japan, University of Kyoto, Japan Nagoya University, Japan New York University University of Rhode Island The Williamsburg Theater, Williamsburg, VA Barnard College, NY, Oberlin College, Ohio University of Oklahoma, Norman Duke University, Durham, NC Boston University, MA

1997
Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY Temple University, Philadelphia, PA The Cinematheque, San Francisco, CA Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA ISP-Whitney Program, New York, NY Utica College, Utica, NY California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Pitzer College, Claremont, CA Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY University of Irvine, Irvine, CA Bard College, Anandale on Hudson, NY Pitzer College, Claremont, CA Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY San Francisco State, CA Hamilton College, Utica, NY California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA Southwest Film Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico Rocky Mountain Film Center, Boulder, CO Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Rutgers University, Rutgers, NJ

1996
Union Theater, Milwaukee, WI Snite Museum, South Bend, IN Carolina Theater, Chapel Hill, NC University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT Hampshire College, Amherst, MA Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ

1995
Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, LI Millennium Film Workshop, NY

1994
Kommunales Kino Metropolis, Hamburg, GER Arsenal Cinema, Berlin, GER STUC Theater, Leuven, Belgium Brussels Film Museum, Belgium, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, MA McGill University, Montreal, CAN Concordia University, Montreal, CAN Cooper Union, New York, NY, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL North Fork Women’s Resource Center, Long Island, NY Athens Film Festival, Athens, OH

1993
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, CA Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT The Cinematheque, San Francisco, CA Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA The Museum School, Boston, MA Princeton University, Princeton, NJ Hamilton College, Utica, NY Gay and Lesbian Community Center, NY Rutgers Film Coop, New Brunswick, NJ Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ University of California, Davis

1992
Wexner Arts Center, Columbus, OH New York University, New York, NY University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL New York Public Library, New York, NY New City Theater, Seattle, WA Northwest Film and Video Center, Portland, OR Columbia University, New York, NY Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA Union Cinema, Milwaukee, WI Community Education Center, Philadelphia, PA Cooper Union, New York, NY Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

1991
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA “Seminars with Artists” series, Whitney Museum, New York, NY Hunter College, New York, NY Princeton University, Princeton, NJ London Filmmaker’s Coop, London, ENG Scratch Projection, Paris, FRANCE Utica College, Utica, NY Hamilton College, Clinton, NY Crandall Library, Glens Falls, NY Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY New York University, New York, NY

1990
Collective for Living Cinema, New York, NY Sarah Lawrence College, Yonkers, NY National Gallery of Art, Quebec, CAN Eastman House, Rochester, NY, Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY Utica College, Utica, NY University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI Hamilton College, Clinton, NY Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

1989
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA UCSD, San Diego, CA USC, Los Angeles, CA University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Mid-Manhattan Library, New York, NY Jefferson Market Library, New York, NY Hampshire College, Amherst, MA Upper Catskill Center for Contemporary Arts, Oneonta, NY

1988
Film Forum, Los Angeles, CA Hallwalls Gallery, Buffalo, NY The Art Theater, Binghamton, NY New York University, New York, NY Cooper Union, New York, NY Sheldon Film Center, Lincoln, NE Berks Filmmakers, Reading, PA Utica College, Utica, NY Carnegie-Melon University, Pittsburgh, PA Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ Crandall Library, Glens Falls, NY Contemporary Arts Center, Kansas City, MO, Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ

1987
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY Utica College, Utica, NY San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY Hamilton College, Clinton, NY The Cinematheque, San Francisco, CA Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY Brown University, Providence, RI Millennium Film Workshop, New York, NY Hampshire College, Amherst, MA The Spare Room Gallery, New York, NY

1986
Utica College, Utica NY Colgate College, Colgate, NY Women’s Studio Workshop, Lewiston, NY Northwest Center for the Arts, New Paltz, NY

1985
Kommunales Kino, Karlsruhe, GER Metropolis Kino, Hamburg, GER St. Martin’s School of Art, London, ENG Harrow College of Art, London, ENG North East London Polytechnic, London, ENG Goldsmith’s College of Art, London, ENG London Filmmaker’s Coop, London, ENG Film in the Cities, Minneapolis, MN University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI The Funnel, Toronto, CAN Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Brown University, Providence, RI Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA Frankfurt Filmuseum, Frankfurt, GER Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

1984
The Millennium Film Workshop, New York, NY The Cinematheque, San Francisco, CA Deutscher Film und Fernsehen Akademy, Berlin, GER Arsenal Kino, Berlin, GER
Munich Filmuseum, Munich, GER

1983
New York University, New York, NY School of Visual Arts, New York, NY


Grants and Awards

2008   Princeton University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
2007   Princeton University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
2005   New York State Council on the Arts; Princeton University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
2004   Princeton University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
2002   New York State Council on the Arts; Princeton University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
2001   New York State Council on the Arts
2000   Peter S. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award
1999   New York State Council on the Arts; New York Foundation for the Arts
1996   Alpert Award in the Arts
1994   National Endowment for the Arts; Independent Television Service (ITVS)
1993   New York State Council on the Arts; New York Foundation for the Arts
1992   The Jerome Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts
1990   Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
1989   John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; New York State Council on the Arts; The Jerome Foundation; New York Foundation for the Arts; Art Matters, Inc. York State Council on the Arts; The Jerome Foundation1984 D.A.A.D. (The German Academic Exchange Service); Artists Space, Emergency Materials Fund
1982   New York State Council on the Arts


Festival Awards

The Head of a Pin:
DIRECTOR’S CITATION/HONORABLE MENTION, 2005 Black Maria Film Festival

The Odds of Recovery:
FEMMEDIA AWARD—BEST DOCUMENTARY, Identities 2003 Film Festival, Vienna, Austria

Hide and Seek:
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, 1997 New York Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARD, 1997 OutFest, Los Angeles
BEST NARRATIVE AWARD, 1997 Athens Film Festival
JUROR’S CHOICE AWARD, 1997 Charlotte Film Festival
HONORABLE MENTION, 1997 Atlanta Film Festival
GLAAD AWARDS 1998: Best Documentary Nominee

Rules of the Road:
DIRECTOR’S CHOICE AWARD, 1994 Black Maria Film Festival
HONORABLE MENTION, 1994 Univ. of Oregon Queer Film Festival
SPECIAL COMMENDATION, Kino Awards, 1993 Melbourne Film Festival
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT, 1993 Cork International Film Festival

Sink or Swim:
GOLD JURORS CHOICE AWARD, 1993 Charlotte Film and Video Festival
GRAND PRIX, Kino Awards, 1991 Melbourne Film Festival
GOLDEN GATE AWARD, Best of “New Visions” Category, 1991 San Francisco Film Festival
SPECIAL JURY AWARD, 1991 Atlanta Film Festival
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, 1991 USA Short Film and Video Festival
JUROR’S CITATION AWARD, 1991 Black Maria Film Festival

Damned If You Don’t:
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM AWARD, 1990 Athens Film Festival
BEST EXPERIMENTAL NARRATIVE FILM AWARD, 1988 Atlanta Film Festival

Cool Hands, Warm Heart:
SPECIAL MERIT AWARD, 1983 Athens Film Festival


Selected Retrospectives

BAFICI—The Buenos Aires Festival of Independent Films, March 2009
London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, April 1-9, 2008
Bios Art Center, Athens, Greece, November 2-8, 2006
Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 27-30, 2006
National Women’s Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, June 21, 2003
Cinema Shiadu, Guangzho, China, September 9, 2002
Anthology Film Archives, New York, May 11-13, 2001
New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, NY, June 1997
The American Cinematheque, Los Angeles, CA. April 1997
Stadtkino Wien, Vienna, Austria. October 1994
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska. October 1992
First Tokyo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan. March 1992
Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, British Columbia. June 1992
National Film Theater, London, England. March 1992
Twentieth Wellington Film Festival, Wellington, New Zealand. July 1991
Twenty Third Auckland International Film Festival, Auckland, New Zealand. July 1991
Thirty Fifth Cork Film Festival, Cork, Ireland. October, 1990
Anthology Film Archives, New York. December 7-14, 1988
Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. February, 1988
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. October 6-18, 1987


Collections

Adelphi University, NY  /  Ambassador Book Service, NY  /  American University  /  Arizona State University  /  The Art Institute of Chicago  /  Baldwin-Wallace College  /  Barnard College  /  Bowling Green State University  /  Brandeis University  /  Brown University  /  California College of Arts & Crafts  /  Carleton College  /  Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris  /  City University of Hong Kong  /  Cleveland Institute of Art  /  Columbia College  /  Columbia University  /  Denver Public Library  /  Dickinson College  / Cornell Film Center, NY Public Library  /  Duke University  /  Emily Carr Institute of Art  /  Emory University  /  Evergreen State College  /  Experimental Film Archives of Avignon  /  Gallery Art Association of New York State  /  George Mason University  /  Gettysburg College  /  Grinnell College  /  Hampshire College  /  Hartford Art School  /  Helsinki Film Workshop  /  Indiana University Library  /  Iowa State University  /  Ithaca College  /  Kyobo Book Centre, Korea  /  La Filmoteca, Buenos Aires  /  Lillehammer College Library, Norway  /  Marlboro College  /  Marymount Manhattan College  /  Massachusetts College of Art  /  Metro Library, Toronto  /  Middlebury College  /  Montclair State University  /  Mount Holyoke College  /  Mount Saint Vincent’s College, Toronto  /  Multnomah County Library  /  Museum of Modern Art, NY  /  National Library of Australia  /  New York University  /  Northern Illinois University  /  Ohio State University  /  Pacific Lutheran Univresity  /  Portland State University  /  Port Washington Public Library  /  Princeton University  /  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  /  Rhode Island School of Design  /  Royal Film Archives, Brussels, Belgium  /  San Francisco State University  /  Sarah Lawrence College  /  Smith College  /  Stanford University  /  State Library of Queensland, Australia  /  SUNY Buffalo  /  Swarthmore College  /  Syracuse University  /  Taipei International Film Festival  /  Temple University  /  Towson State University, MD  /  Tufts University  /  University of Arizona Library  /  University of Arkansas  /  University of Auckland, NZ  /  U.C.L.A.  /   U. C. Riverside  /  U.C. San Diego  /  U.C. Santa Cruz  /  University of Cincinnati  /  University of Denver  /  University of Hartford  /  University of Kansas  /  University of Maryland  /  University of Michigan  /  University of Montana, Missoula  /  University of Nebraska  /  University of Nevada/Reno  /  University of New Mexico, Albuquerque  /  University of North Carolina  /  University of North Texas  /  University of Northumbria  /  University of Oregon  /  University of Pittsburgh  /  University of Technology  /  University of Tennessee  /  University of Virginia  /  U.W. Milwaukee  /  University of Windsor  /  Vassar College  /  Wellesley College  /  Wellington Film Society, New Zealand  /  Western Michigan University  /  Western Wyoming College  /  York University.




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