Roberta Friedman is a filmmaker and producer with work that spans a large assortment of film and video productions shown widely in the United States and Europe. Projects have ranged from artistic, experimental works to narrative features, television documentaries and series. She is a founding board member of the iota fund that supports abstract animation, and most recently has been producing a series of video installations called Cosmopolis: 49 Waltzes for the World about the disappearing sounds in cities on the cusp of change including New York, Beijing, Cairo, and Detroit. She began her media career in radio and had a long running show on KPFK in Los Angeles.
Friedman has an MFA in Film from California Institute of the Arts, and is currently an associate professor and coordinator of the Film Program in the School of Communication & Media at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
Grahame Weinbren is a filmmaker, writer and editor. His art practice includes interactive installations, artists' cinema, and experimental documentaries. His writings about cinema, media art, and philosophical issues generated by emerging technologies are widely published. He is the senior editor of the Millennium Film Journal and a member of the graduate faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He studied Philosophy at University College London and SUNY Buffalo.
Working together at CalArts in the 1970s, Friedman and Weinbren explored mathematical structures, film as music, movie syntax and avant-garde narratives with a singular wit in their early films before turning to multimedia and interactive video installation, of which The Erl King (1983–86, Whitney Biennial 1987) was a groundbreaking example. They have continued to collaborate while also working individually.
- Bertha's Children (1976) 16mm / b&w / 7 min
- Future Perfect (1978) 16mm / color / 11 min
- Murray & Max Talk About Money* (1979) 16mm / color / 13 min
- Terms of Analysis** (1982) 16mm / color / 16 min
Running time: 46 min.
(screening ratio *1.78:1 & **1.66:1 chosen by the authors)
Screening format: 2K / HD (New HD transfers supervised by Grahame Weinbren and Roberta Friedman for this screening)
Special thanks to Roberta Friedman and Grahame Weinbren