Freude Bartlett

Freude
Bartlett

“"Freude's diary. It is very personal and light in form. We see a birth; scenes at home; on beaches; with friends; and a one; and clips from TV and films. It flows easily and it all has a very special warmth about it" -Jonas Mekas, VILLAGE VOICE "Freude combines the most glorious artifacts of California living with a melange of domestic, maternal, and wholly personal symbols. The results is a free-flowing pastiche whose essence is the filmmaker's love of husband, babies, friends, and West Coast. Freude's work is a rare example of feminist filmmaking infused with humor, poetry and sensuality." - Karen Cooper, FILM FORUM”

Freude (Florence) Bartlett also known as Freude Solomon-Bartlett, was an American experimental film director and founder of the Serious Business Company, a San Francisco-based film sales and film distribution ...

Films

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    Standup And Be Counted
    Experimental

    Standup And Be Counted
    Freude Bartlett

    16mm, color, sound, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Body
    • Erotic
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    Women & Children At Large
    Experimental

    Women & Children At Large
    Freude Bartlett

    color, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Political / Social Activism
    • Comedy
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    My Life In Art
    Experimental

    My Life In Art
    Freude Bartlett

    color, sound, 29 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Personal / Diary / Journal

Biography

Freude (Florence) Bartlett also known as Freude Solomon-Bartlett, was an American experimental film director and founder of the Serious Business Company, a San Francisco-based film sales and film distribution company known for its collection of avan-garde, animation, and women's films. 

Freude started the company in 1972. She felt strongly about making experimental and women-made films more accessible and would often travel with curated film programs to educate the public about film and earn money for the artists she represented. The Serious Business Company distributed work made by Tom DeWitt, Gunvor Nelson, Chick Strand, Robert Breer, Suzan Pitt, Geroge Griffin, Shirley Clarke, Kathy Rose, and Robert Nelson, as well as many other artists. The company closed in 1983.

Freude attended San Francisco State University and earned a degree in Information Sciences at UC Berkley. In 1985 she founded Metropolis Media, a communications firm.

Freude Married filmmaker Scott Bartlett in 1969. Freude had a daughter, Stevias Solomon and a son Elon Bartlett.