Get dressed, undress, get dressed, undress. Assorted diagnoses. Longstanding flaws. New glitches. Medical exam rituals become an essay on the director’s own body and the nature of our lack of control in the face of inevitable aging. With a keen sense of humor, Su Friedrich invites us to follow her on a journey of surgeries and conflicts with a health system that doesn’t work. Her own image, constantly cut by the camera’s frame, mirrors the cuts her body undergoes along this path. (C. A.)
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.