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Sink or Swim

Sink or Swim

a film by Su Friedrich
48 minutes, B&W, USA, 1990, 16mm
DVD includes: English, French, Spanish and German Subtitles, Scene Selections,  and Two Bonus Films “Cool Hands, Warm Heart” and “Scar Tissue” 

File under: All Films, Film Studies, Home Video, Su Friedrich

Synopsis

A contemporary classic and a landmark in autobiographical filmmaking, “Sink or Swim” is an unflinching account of the highly charged relationship between a daughter and her father. Through a series of twenty-six short stories, a young girl chronicles the childhood events that shaped her ideas about fatherhood, family relations, work and play. As the stories unfold, a dual portrait emerges: that of a father who cared more for his career than for his family, and of a daughter who was deeply affected by his behavior. Working in counterpoint to the forceful text are sensual black and white images that depict both the extraordinary and ordinary events of daily life. This formally complex and emotionally intense film is fraught with tension, ambivalence and love.

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COOL HANDS, WARM HEART
16 minutes, Color, USA, 1979, 16mm

“Filmed on the streets of New York’s Lower East Side, ‘Cool Hands, Warm Heart’ creates a unusually original vision. Friedrich builds on proverbs, metaphor, and the principles of a radical feminist imagination, creating a world in which women’s private rituals become public spectacles.” B. Ruby Rich, author, Chick Flicks

SCAR TISSUE
12 minutes, B&W, USA, 1978, Super 8

“…powerful and economic. Setting out to film street activity, Friedrich ends up with basically two images – women’s legs skittering in high heels, and men’s midsections, hands folded self-righteously across stuffed shirts or planted belligerently in pockets¯the film left me with a yen to see one of those heels planted splat in the middle of one of those bellies.” Amy Taubin, The Village Voice

Reviews

“Tough-minded and touching…affecting and accessible.” Caryn James, New York Times

“Wonderfully accessible…funny and sad. Splendid.”  Janice Berman, New York Newsday

“Proudly personal and triumphantly artisanal, as accessible as it is uncompromising.” J. Hoberman, Premiere

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Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

a film by Su Friedrich
65 minutes, B&W, USA, 1996, 16mm

DVD includes: English and Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selections, Two Bonus Films “Gently Down the Stream” and “But No One” 

File under: All Films, Home Video, Su Friedrich, Women Studies

Synopsis

‘Hide and Seek’ tells the story of Lou, a twelve year old girl coming to terms with her budding sexuality in the mid 1960’s. Her bittersweet tale is skillfully interwoven with clips from a wide array of scientific and educational films, as well as interviews with adult lesbians who recount their adolescent attractions to girls, how they felt when they first heard the word lesbian, where they fit in the butch/femme continuum, and their thoughts about how they became baby dykes. ‘Hide and Seek’ is for every woman who’s been to a slumber party and every man who wonders what went on at one.

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GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
a film by Su Friedrich
14 minutes, B&W, USA, 1981, 16mm

“‘Gently Down the Stream’ can be described about as easily as you can hold on to a handful of water. 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

BUT NO ONE
a film by Su Friedrich
9 minutes, B&W, USA, 1982, 16mm

“The visual material of ‘But No One’ corresponds to the waking world of the filmmaker, but it is cast in the form of a dream. Its compact constellation of repeated images is satisfying, an important part of Friedrich’s ongoing exploration of film’s ability to work like dreams and convey a unique, personal vision.” Janet Cutler, Women’s Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks

Reviews

“‘Hide and Seek’ is rueful, funny, multifaceted and sharply intelligent.”Stuart Klawans, THE NATION

“‘Hide and Seek’ is ‘A Girl’s Own Story’ for lesbians. Friedrich has woven a rich and provocative tapestry that assaults complacent assumptions about pubescent desire and lesbian identity, all the while raising important questions about the representation of racial and sexual fantasy life…Thoroughly engaging from beginning to end.” Yvonne Rainer, filmmaker and Professor, UNIVERSTIY OF CA, IRVINE

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