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Filmmaker Su Friedrich

Su Friedrich will be screening her newest film, Gut Renovation, which premiered in June at the Brooklyn Film Festival and won the Audience Award. It has been invited to show at the Berlin Film Festival in spring and will also have a one week run at the Film Forum in New York beginning on March 6th.

Friedrich will be present to answer questions after the screening.

Su Friedrich
81 minutes, 2012

Gut Renovation tells the inside story of the rezoning, demolition and repurposing of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Friedrich details the heart-rending loss of a thriving community of working class residents and artists, as well as the loss of many beautiful old industrial buildings that accommodated hundreds of small businesses, manufacturers, and artists’ studios, including the eccentric communal loft which was her home for twenty years.

Along the way, Friedrich slyly skewers the city planners, ad men, developers, architects and the new tenants they attract with their offers of tax-free luxury living “with a bohemian twist.”


Su Friedrich is a filmmaker, working as writer, director, producer, cinematographer, sound recordist, and editor on nearly all twenty of her films.  Friedrich’s films have won numerous awards at festivals across the country and throughout the world, including Best Narrative Film Award at the Athens International Film Festival, Outstanding Documentary Feature at Outfest ‘97 in Los Angeles, Special Jury Award at the New York Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Grand Prix at the Melbourne Film Festival, the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and Best Experimental Narrative Award at the Atlanta Film Festival.  Her work has been featured at museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Stadtkino in Vienna, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the National Library of Australia, as well as many university libraries.  Friedrich is also the recipient of the Alpert Award in the Arts, an independent Television Service production grant, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.  Friedrich will discuss her films on December 5.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

6:30 PM

Free and open to the public

James M. Stewart '32 Theater

Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street

Please note that because the event happens during the students’ dinner period, we will be serving sandwiches and beverages before the screening.



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