Su Friedrich Biography


Su Friedrich was born in New Haven Connecticut in 1954. A Connecticut native of German descent she attended the University of Chicago from 1971-1972, and Oberlin College from 1972-1975, where she graduated with a B.A. in Art and Art History. She began her filmmaking career in 1978, and since then she has produced and directed thirteen films. She has been the director, cinematographer, sound recorder and editor of all her films except one called Hide and Seek which was co-written with Cathy Quinlan and shot by Jim Denault.

Some of her works include Cool Hands, Warm Heart (1979), Gently Down the Stream (1981), The Ties that Bind (1984), Damned if you Don't (1987), Sink or Swim (1990), First Comes Love (1991), Rules of the Road (1993) and Hide and Seek (1996). All but one of her films is in black and white, and range in length from ten minutes to sixty-five minutes.

She has won many awards for her work one being the Best Narrative Film Award for Hide and Seek at the Athens International Film Festival. She also won the Golden Gate Award for Sink or Swim at the San Francisco Film Festival; those are just two of the many she has received. Her work is shown all over the United States as well as in Canada and Europe. She has made personal appearances all over the world since 1993. Her films have been discussed and explored all over the globe at places such as the National Film Theatre in London, the First Tokyo Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and the Cork Film Festival in Ireland.

Her work is part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the New School for Social Research and many other places. Her films have been reviewed in many publications such as Premiere, The Village Voice, and Variety.

Since 1976 Su Friedrich has worked and resided in New York City. She currently teaches film/video production at Princeton University, and she has also been a part time teacher at New York University. Her creativity and passion for an equal world is very apparent in her films and that passion fuels her talent as well. Su Friedrich is a direct, strong woman and it shows in her great work.

Kristina Schaab, 2004.

Su Friedrich