The Images Festival, The Royal, Coach House Books,
The Grid and Spacing Magazine present:
A special screening and conversation featuring the hard-hitting documentary on gentrification in Brooklyn, New York
A new film by Su Friedrich
Tuesday October 9
The Royal, 608 College Street
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!
Plus a post-screening "gentrification conversation" featuring the filmmaker with Edward Keenan (The Grid, Coach House Books, Spacing Magazine) and developer Alan Saskin (UrbanCorp).
Tickets $10 regular / $5 Images members, students and seniors
On sale NOW online at the Images Festival Store: imagesfestival.com/store2/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=37
The Images Festival, The Royal, Coach House Books, The Grid and Spacing Magazine are proud to present Gut Renovation, Su Friedrich’s personal account of the transformation of the Brooklyn neighbourhood she called home for 20 years. The screening will be followed by a conversation about gentrification, with filmmaker Su Friedrich and developer Alan Saskin of UrbanCorp, led by urban affairs writer Ed Keenan of The Grid and Spacing Magazine, whose first book, Some Great Idea, will be published this fall by Coach House Books.
Gut Renovation tells the inside story of the rezoning, demolition and repurposing of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Friedrich details the heart-rending loss of a thriving community of working class residents and artists, as well as the loss of many beautiful old industrial buildings that accommodated hundreds of small businesses, manufacturers, and artists’ studios, including the eccentric communal loft that was her home for 20 years. Along the way, Friedrich slyly skewers the city planners, ad men, developers and architects, as well as the new homeowners they attract with their offers of tax-free luxury living “with a bohemian twist.”
About the filmmaker
Since 1978, Su Friedrich has produced and directed 18 films and videos, including From the Ground Up (2007), Hide and Seek (1996) and Gently Down the Stream (1981). Her films have won many awards, including the Grand Prix at the Melbourne Film Festival and Outstanding Documentary at Outfest. Friedrich has received fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations as well as grants from the Jerome Foundation, NYFA, NYSCA and ITVS, and in 1995 she received the Cal Arts/Alpert Award. Her work is widely screened internationally and has been the subject of numerous retrospectives at venues worldwide. Friedrich teaches film & video production at Princeton University. Her work is distributed by Outcast Films.
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