First Comes Love
16mm, BW, 22 min
Genre: Documentary, Experimental
Keywords: Family, Queer Bi Trans
First Comes Love consists of perfectly choreographed scenes of four wedding ceremonies accompanied by a complex medley of popular love songs. All seems to be going as it should until the couples reach the altar, when the celebratory atmosphere is interrupted for a surprising public service announcement. Then song and dance continues until the happy couples depart, leaving behind a dwindling crowd and a few altar boys who carefully sweep up the rice that blankets the pavement like snow.
16mm Rental: $88.00
Gently Down the Stream
16mm, BW, 13 min
"Gently Down the Stream can be described about as easily as you can hold on to a handful of water....Suffice it to say that Friedrich has an artist's instinctive sense of film-she expresses herself in it with a freedom and rightness that strike the viewer immediately. When the last image leaves the screen, you may not be able to say what you've seen, but you know what you've felt."
-Stuart Klawans, THE NATION
"...her films (particularly the celebrated Gently Down the Stream) signalled an important change that was occurring with the evolution of experimental cinema....The film demonstrates Friedrich's considerable technical talents and formal creativity as well as her canny historical sense in reappropriating the formal strategies generally associated with the "structural film." Friedrich's film becomes a public exorcism, one that continually exposes and infects the viewer with the psychic consequences of religious constraints, familial binds and sexual conflicts.
-Bruce Jenkins, MILLENNIUM FILM JOURNAL
Selected Film Festival Screenings:
Documenta Kassel 2007; Cinemateque Quebecoise, Canada; "The American Century", Whitney Museum of Art; Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco; MIX Festival, NY; CineExperimental Festival, Spain; Experimental Film Festival, Buenos Aires; Osnabruck Film Festival, Germany; Banff Arts Festival, Canada; Haifa International Film Festival, Israel; International Women's Film Festival, New York; Third Art Film Festival, Tokyo; "The Color of Ritual, The Color of Thought: Women Avant-Garde Filmmakers in America, 1930-2000", Whitney Museum, NY; Festival of American Independents: 1920-1990, Torino, Italy
16mm Rental: $56.00
Damned If You Don't
BW, 42 min
Genre: Documentary, Experimental
Keywords: Queer Bi Trans
Script, direction, camera, editing, and sound editing by Su Friedrich. Script consulting and set decoration by Cathy Quinlan. Production managing by Peggy Ahwesh.
Produced by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation and the DAAD.
"Damned If You Don't is a real prize. Beautifully shot in black and white, it blends conventional narrative technique with impressionistic camerawork, symbols and voicovers to create an intimate study of sexual expression and repression. It begins with footage from a stylish old potboiler about an isolated convent, whose tale of passions leashed and unleashed provides the leitmotif for a young lesbian who watches it and the lonely nun she pursues and seduces.
As the two women's lives come closer to joining, voiceovers from the biography of a 16th century lesbian nun and the reminiscences of a woman's closeted romances at a Catholic school flesh out the theme. When the two women finally meet and make love, the woman's careful unwrapping of the nun's complicated prison of clothing is both foreplay and liberating metaphor. The film is as hypnotic as a dream."
-Andrew Rasanen, BAY WINDOWS
Selected Film Festival Screenings and Awards:
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, 1990 Athens Film Festival
BEST EXPERIMENTAL NARRATIVE FILM, 1988 Atlanta Film Festival
1989 Whitney Biennial, NY; 10eme Festivale Internationale des Filmes des Femmes, Creteil, France; Festival of Festivals, Toronto; Flaherty Film Festival, NY; First Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Budapest; London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival; Virginia Festival of American Film, Charlottesville; First Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Budapest; Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan; Third International Festival of Films by Women, Montreal; "Filmmor" Women's Film Festival, Turkey
The Nun: Peggy Healey
The Other Woman: Ela Troyano
Voiceovers by Makea McDonald, Martina Siebert and Cathy Quinlan
16mm Rental: $164.00
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