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Gut Renovation receives international premiere at Berlin International Film Festival, to be screened at Film Forum in NYC


Steve Runk
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

New York Times Article

(Princeton, NJ) Gut Renovation , a new film by Su Friedrich, faculty member in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts, has been selected for inclusion at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and will receive a week-long run at the Film Forum in New York from March 6 through12.

A screening followed by a discussion with the director will take place on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 PM in Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture, Princeton University.

Gut Renovation tells the inside story of the rezoning, demolition and repurposing of the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn. The film documents the changes in what was a community of working-class residents and artists and the loss of old industrial architecture that once accommodated hundreds of small businesses, manufacturers, and artists’ studios, including her own. The film criticizes the city planners, developers, architects, marketers, and the new tenants they attract with the offer of tax-free living “with a bohemian twist.”

Friedrich co-wrote, shot, and co-edited the documentary along with Cathy Quinlan and Janet Baus based on their first-hand experience as artist-residents of the community. The film premiered at the Brooklyn Film Festival in June 2012, where it was winner of the Audience Award. The film is being distributed through Outcast Films.

The film is being screened at the Berlin Festival February 12, 13, 14 and 15. The screening at Film Forum will take place March 6 through 12 daily at 1:00, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00, and 10:00 p.m. Friedrich will be present at four of the screenings to discuss her film; further details can be found at . The film is also scheduled to be shown at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in March, and the University of Rhode Island, the Athens (OH) Film Festival, and the Dortmund Frauen Film Festival (Germany) in April.

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