Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Admission To All Screenings Is Free

(But if you want guaranteed seating and a chance to party with the filmmakers, pick up a Fast Pass or Fast Pass Deluxe HERE.)

11:00 AM to 6:00 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Su Friedrich:  A Mini-Retrospective

photo by Rebecca McBride (©2002)

Su Friedrich has directed twenty-three films and videos since 1978, which have been featured in eighteen retrospectives at major museums and film festivals, including one at the Museum of Modern Art in 2007. The films have been widely screened at film festivals, universities and art centers, have been extensively written about, and have won numerous awards, including Grand Prix for Sink or Swim at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Her DVD collection is distributed by Outcast Films. She teaches video production at Princeton University.

11:00 AM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Sink or Swim (1990, 48 min)

Through a series of short stories, a girl describes the childhood events that shaped her ideas about fatherhood, family relations, work and play.

Seeing Red (2005, 27mins)

In SEEING RED, three elements run parallel, overlap, diverge, lock horns and in various other ways give voice to the notion that a color, a melody, or a person has multiple characteristics that cannot be grasped by, or understood within, a simple framework. One element is purely visual. One is very verbal and minimally visual. One is purely musical. So is red the color of a fire truck or a ruby, of rust or a rose, of blood or a brick? How fixed is a melody if it can be twisted, stretched and shaken to the point where we no longer recognize its original form? And when we “see red,” what color is that exactly? What aspect of passion are we feeling? Are we looking outward and seeing injustice and cupidity, or looking inward at our own limitations and failings?

Followed by a Q & A with Su Friedrich

1:30 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Gut Renovation (2013, 81 mins)

Filmmaker Su Friedrich charts the destruction of Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, so developers can build luxury condos.

Followed by a brief Q&A with Su Friedrich

3:00 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Panel: What Constitutes a Documentary, with Su Friedrich and Charles Musser


4:15 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

The Ties That Bind (1985, 55 min)

“The Ties That Bind” is a powerful meditation on political responsibility and personal loss as seen through the story of the filmmaker’s mother, who grew up in Nazi Germany. Using rare archival footage, extensive interviews and critical commentary, Friedrich constructs a fearless dialogue between past and present, between mother and daughter. “The Ties That Bind” engages in a profound search for an understanding of history, and challenges us in our responsibility for the present.

I Cannot Tell You How I Feel (2018, 41 minutes) 

  • Su Friedrich continues her ongoing quest to film the battleground of family life. Her mother plays the lead, kicking and protesting against being taken to an “independent living” facility. Friedrich and her two siblings fill out the supporting roles-cajoling, comforting, and freaking out.

Followed by a Q&A with Su Friedrich