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Su Friedrich



Su Friedrich's filmmaking aesthetic arose out of the confluence of feminism and American avant-garde film in the 1970s. Deeply influenced by both traditions, her work nevertheless reflects an ambivalence towards the more rigid ideas of each movement. Early short films like Cool Hands, Warm Heart and Scar Tissue showed the influence of a then-dominant strain of feminist film theory which linked traditional notions of cinematic pleasure with the oppression of women and sought to deny that pleasure through a systematic, polemical critique of it. Friedrich became increasingly uncomfortable with denying pleasure to her audience and broke away decisively with Damned If You Don't, an unabashedly humorous and erotic tale about a woman seducing a nun.

A brilliant editor, Friedrich weaves elaborate juxtapositions between text (usually scratched directly onto the film), sound, images, and found footage. She first used scratched texts in the dream diary film Gently Down the Stream and also employs them to great effect in the moving portrait of her German-born mother The Ties That Bind. Friedrich's films often tackle traditional feminist subject matter -- the conflict between politics, religion, and sexuality in Damned If You Don't, Gently Down the Stream, and First Comes Love; her difficult relationship with her father in Sink or Swim -- but her artistry, wit, and circumspect attitude toward avant-garde orthodoxy make her films deeply humanistic works that connect with diverse audiences even as they remain rooted in her own life.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
30% Gut Renovation
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2013
No Score Yet Visionaries
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Heretics
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet From The Ground Up - The Definitive Scoop On The Coffee Trade
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet From the Ground Up
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Seeing Red
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet The Head of a Pin
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet The Odds of Recovery
  • Producer
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Hide and Seek
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1996
No Score Yet Rules of the Road
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Sink or Swim
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Damned If You Don't
  • Director
  • Producer
1987
No Score Yet The Ties That Bind
  • Director
1984

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