13th Annual Experimental Lecture with Su Friedrich

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NYU’s Martin Scorsese Department of Cinema Studies and Undergraduate Film & TV Department present the

13th Annual Experimental Lecture

Su Friedrich  “How to Eventually Drag Your Private Life, Kicking and Screaming, Into the Public...After Passing a Few Roadblocks”

Friday, Nov. 3, 2023 7:00 PM — 10:00 PM
New York University, 721 Broadway, Room 006

Free and open to the public. RSVP required.

Since 2008, the Experimental Lecture Series has presented veteran filmmakers who immerse themselves in the world of alternative, experimental film. Our intention is to lay bare an artist’s challenges rather than their successes, to examine the gnawing, ecstatic reality of the work of making art. Our previous speakers for the Experimental Lecture Series have been Peggy Ahwesh, Craig Baldwin, Abigail Child, Peter Cramer & Jack Waters, Nick Dorsky,  Bradley Eros, Ernie Gehr, Barbara Hammer, Ken Jacobs, Jonas Mekas, Carolee Schneemann, and M.M. Serra.    – Programmed by Lynne Sachs

“I will give the background story on the motivation, ideas and formal concerns surrounding the making of my films. You will also hear about the technical, aesthetic, financial, and emotional roadblocks that I've hit along the way to finishing them (or in some cases, dumping them). I will then show excerpts from some of the films that actually survived scrutiny. Time doesn’t allow for me to cover all 23 of my films, but I’ll talk about a good number of them along the way.” – Su Friedrich  

Su Friedrich, 2023
Su Friedrich, 2023

Artist Biography

Su Friedrich is a fearless artist and a leader in the avant-garde filmmaking community. She started making movies in the late 1970s, and never looked back, creating a radical yet personal body of work that pushes us to think in a truly engaged way about our presence in a fraught and troubling world.  Recognized by over 26 retrospectives worldwide, her short and feature-length films move from the personal to the political -- from the subconscious, to family, to illness, to sexuality and desire, to urban real-estate inequities. Su Friedrich is constantly observing with her camera and her pen, facing the struggle of making work that never turns away from the pain, confusion and exaltation of living.