Screening will be followed by a conversation with Su Friedrich. FREE SAIC student tickets will be released Sunday, September 3rd.

“Challenges us to look at what’s right in front of us.” – Rhea Nayyar, Hyperallergic

Thursday, September 7, 8:30 p.m. | For nearly a half-century, Su Friedrich has played a pivotal role in American queer cinema and autobiographical film with her rich and often unflinching explorations of family, kinship, and society. Join us for two screenings featuring three landmark films, including SINK OR SWIM (1990), RULES OF THE ROAD (1993) (both screening on Thursday, September 7, 6:00 p.m.), and TODAY (2022). 

Friedrich’s latest feature, TODAY, is a luminous personal essay on beauty, love, and loss. Endeavoring to live by and also question the maxim to “live in the moment,” Friedrich turns her camera to the world immediately in front of her: a neighborhood barbeque, a bucolic vacation, the brilliance of flowers—both natural and artificial—and the consecutive losses of loved ones. Hoping to ground herself in the everyday, the filmmaker finds herself increasingly contemplative, as memories and devastating experiences make claim to her limited time.

About the artist

Su Friedrich has produced 23 films and videos since 1978. She is the recipient of many awards, including fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations, a Herb Alpert Award, as well as numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and Independent Television Service. Her work is widely screened in the United States, Canada, and Europe and has been the subject of retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Rotterdam International Film Festival; the London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival; the Stadtkino,Vienna; The Cinematheque, Vancouver; the National Film Theater, London; the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema; the New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival; the first Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival; the Cork International Film Festival; the Wellington Film Festival; the Bios art center, Athens; and the Anthology Film Archives, New York. Friedrich taught film and video production at Princeton University from 1998–2023.

Related Event: SINK OR SWIM and RULES OF THE ROAD (both screening on Thursday, September 7, 6:00 p.m.)


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SAIC Student Tickets

All CATE programs are free for SAIC students. Unless otherwise noted, SAIC student tickets are released five days prior to showtime. Tickets must be picked up in person from the Gene Siskel Film Center box office. A student ID is required.

Member Series Pass: Attend the series at a discounted rate - exclusively for Film Center members. The pass provides access to all eight screenings, with artists in conversation, for a special $40 rate. 

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