Sponsored by the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College

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Since 1978, Su Friedrich has produced and directed twenty 16mm films and videos, including Gut Renovation, From the Ground Up, Seeing Red, The Odds of Recovery, Hide and Seek, Sink or Swim, Damned If You Don't, The Ties That Bind, and Gently Down the Stream. Friedrich is the writer, cinematographer, director and editor of all her films, with the exception of Hide and Seek, which was co-written by Cathy Quinlan and shot by Jim Denault. Her films have won many awards, including Grand Prix at the Melbourne Film Festival, Outstanding Documentary Award at Outfest and Best Narrative Film Award at the Athens International Film Festival. She has received Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundation fellowships, numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts and The Independent Television Service. She was also a recipient of the Alpert Award in the Arts.


Perfoming Actuality:

How Reality is Re-Presented

For the inaugural year the symposium is themed, Performing Actuality: How Reality is Re-presented, and will showcase projects and scholarship that interrogate the interplay between actuality and fiction, non-fiction and performance, the objective and subjective. These works bring to the foreground the contrivance of their own depiction of truth and challenge the interaction and participation of subject: viewer: and maker.


Originally a 1930s cinema palace, the Paramount was closed in 1976 due to  disrepair & by the time Emerson College purchased the building in 2005 it was enchantingly restored into a  lively Art Deco art center. As the newest attraction in Boston’s Theatre District, the Paramount evokes the thrill of American cinema’s Golden Age while hosting world-class artists and screenings.


Within the Paramount Center, the Bright Family Screening Room is a state-of-the-art screening room for both film and live performance, featuring 16 millimeter, 35 millimeter and digital projection equipment with seating for 170 people.