Images emerge from the streams of the unconscious. The tragic face of a saint, a woman rowing on dry land, the refracted light from the sea waves. An old friend asks, “What are you doing here?” Navigating the dream world of Su Friedrich, words scratched on the celluloid film guide us through the intimate enigmas of her dreams. In one of her first films, built from excerpts of her own diary, the director already announces some of the themes and procedures that would become distinctive marks throughout her work. (C. M.)
An indispensable name in American avant-garde cinema and a seminal reference for lesbian voices in the production of images, Su Friedrich (1954 -) began her career in New York in the late 1970s, and has since navigated between different media, formats, and languages. To date, she has directed 25 films, working as director, photographer, and editor on most of them. She is a professor in the Visual Arts department at Princeton University, where she teaches video production.