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Gut Renovation

81 min.
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Outcast Films
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Documentary Film

In 1989, together with a group of female friends, Su Friedrich rented and renovated an old loft in Williamsburg, an unassuming working-class district of Brooklyn. In 2005 this former industrial zone was designated a residential area and the factories,manufacturers and artists' lofts were priced out by property speculators lured by tax breaks. Friedrich spent five years documenting with her camera the changes in the area between East River and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. She shows the demolition of industrial buildings and the construction of trendy new apartments forwealthy clients, watching old tenants leave and new inhabitants arrive. As she keeps meticulous record of developments, the extent and speed of the upheaval becomes clear. Her own tenancy agreement is up too and so her documentary images and trenchant commentary become the tools of her growing anger. A documentary of small changes evolves into an historical record of New York. The resulting film is a melancholy, essayistic requiem for a neighbourhood and an entire way of life; it also provides a case study of the rapid gentrification of our cities.

BIOGRAFIE Su Friedrich

Born in New Haven, Connecticut to a German mother, she studied art and art history in Chicago and at the Oberlin College in Ohio. In 1996 she was a guest of the Berlinale Panorama section with HIDE AND SEEK. Her documentaries have won several awards at international film festivals. Her films are in collectinos at the MoMA, New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris. She lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University.

FILMOGRAFIE Su Friedrich (selection)

2012 Gut Renovation  2012 Practice Makes Perfect  2011 Conservation 101  2008 From The Ground Up  2005 Seeing Red  2004 The Head Of A Pin  2002 The Odds Of Recovery  1996 Hide And Seek  1993 Rules Of The Road  1993  The Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too   1991 First Comes Love  1990 Sink Or Swim  1987 Damned If You Don‘t  1984 The Ties That Bind  1982  But No One  1981 Gently Down The Stream  1980 I Suggest Mine  1979 Cool Hands, Warm Heart  1979 Scar Tissue  1978 Hot Water 

Su Friedrich @IMDb

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