January 11, 2016

Su Friedrich’s Sink or Swim Selected for National Film Registry

Program in Visual Arts professor Su Friedrich‘s 1990 film Sink or Swim is among the 25 films selected for 2015 to be added to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.

“These films, which epitomize the diversity and richness of the nation’s cinematic heritage, have been identified as motion pictures that deserve to be preserved because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance.” (

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In VarietyCynthia Littleton writes of Sink or Swim, “Su Friedrich relates a series of 26 short vignettes that reveal a subtext of a father preoccupied by his career and of a daughter emotionally scarred by his behavior. Black-and-white film clips of ordinary daily activities illustrate Friedrich’s poetically powerful text to create a complex and intense film.”

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… Learn more about Sink or Swim and Friedrich’s work at Outcast Films.

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