Monday, September 23, 2002

Premiere of Su Friedrich's The Odds of Recovery

San Francisco Art Institute

A special summer screening co-presented with SF’s MadCat Women’s International Film Festival
Also screening on September 26th at the PFA

The Odds of Recovery is the story of Friedrich’s battle with a multitude of often unexplained illnesses, the series of operations she endures and her struggle to understand the web of Western medicine. Both poignant and funny this intimate portrait takes a look at the realities of aging, personal stagnation and growth. It allows the viewer to peek into the filmmaker’s fight to understand her body as well as the private world of a long-term relationship as well. Friedrich weaves documentary and first person experimental filmmaking to create a film that falls between genres allowing her to approach her subject in a way that recognizes its complexity. The Odds of Recovery includes a series of texts from medical and self help books, the principles of T’ai Chi and gardening books. The viewer is led on a journey through the seasons which tells a story of rebirth and one woman’s determination to understand and gain control over her body and her life. Also screening, Beloved by Andrea Leuteneker. With its rich colors and time-lapse photography, Beloved is an ode to the beauty of flowers and a love poem to the filmmaker’s lover.

For more info, visit the MadCat International Women’s Film Festival website at http://www.somaglow.com/madcat/