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Filmmaker to Screen Film at Purchase in Harrison

HARRISON, N.Y. - Filmmaker Su Friedrich will visit Harrison's Purchase College next week for an exclusive screening and discussion over one of her successful and popular documentaries.

Friedrich's award-winning film, "Sink or Swim," was praised by The New York Times for its "emotional resonances" and "rich, suggestive view of biography" when it first came out in 1990. Through a series of 26 short stories, Friedrich's tour de force describes the childhood events that formed a girl's ideas about fatherhood, family relations, work and play.

Complementing the text are rich black and white images that depict both the extraordinary and ordinary events in daily life.

Friedrich will screen and discuss the film in the Purchase College Music Building, Film and Choral Hall, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. The free screening is hosted by the college's School of Film and Media Studies, and is the first in a series that has received special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The AMPAS institutional grant will bring several successful independent filmmakers to Purchase College throughout the year to speak to students, faculty, and the public about their films and their experiences in the industry.

"Su Friedrich offers an exciting beginning to this series, because her films document first-person experience in a lyrical and artful manner. Her films are poignantly intimate and visually creative; they are as beautiful as they are compelling," Michelle Stewart, chair of Purchase College's School of Film and Media Studies said.

Friedrich's personal work makes significant interventions in both the artistic field and in those public debates where the personal meets the political—gender, family, marriage, and health—concerns which are visible through her career in films such as "Hide and Seek" (1996), "The Odds of Recovery" (2002), "The Head of a Pin" (2004), "Seeing Red" (2005), and "From the Ground Up" (2007).

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