Spectacle is pleased to welcome Su Friedrich in person for a 16mm screening of her masterpiece SINK OR SWIM (1990), followed by a selection of her short films, including the New York Premiere of her latest work QUEEN TAKES PAWN (2013).
“A major filmmaker.” – P. Adams Sitney, VISIONARY FILM: THE AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE
SINK OR SWIM is a searing, lyrical and presumably autobiographical portrait of a girl’s relationship with her erudite, emotionally distant father who eventually abandons her family when she’s 11. Grouped into 26 complex, formally varied episodes, each named after a letter of the alphabet (recalling Hollis Frampton’s ZORNS LEMMA) and presented in descending order (“Zygote,” “Y Chromosome,” “X Chromosome…” and so on, to “Athena/ Atalanta/ Aphrodite”) the film offers a fragmented but highly controlled and narrative document of the girl’s eventual emergence into womanhood, a woman both shaped by and at odds with her past.
QUEEN TAKES PAWN, in its New York premiere, described by Friedrich as “A journey through an old house by way of a mirror, a child’s storybook, and some images from days gone by. Or a journey through some old images by way of a house. Or both.”
Friday, June 20
ONE NIGHT ONLY – FILMMAKER IN PERSON!
8pm at Spectacle Theatre, $5
124 So. 3rd Street, near Bedford, Williamsburg