Roberta Friedman's work spans a large assortment of film and video productions, many of which have been shown widely in the United States and Europe. Her projects have ranged from artistic, experimental work -- such as her interactive video The Erl King (in collaboration with Grahame Weinbren) , which was acquired by the Guggenheim Museum for its permanent collection -- to the unabashedly commercial, such as her work for George Lucas on Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back .
As an independent filmmaker, she has produced and directed many short films, receiving grant funding and winning awards. Her pioneering work in interactive video, premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and was installed at the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial 1987 and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, among other galleries. It was presented at the Guggenheim Museum in March, 2004, as part of a special exhibition involving preserving new media works. Her recent video realization of a graphic score by John Cage, "49 Waltzes for The Five Boroughs" was presented as part of the Cage retrospective Rolyholyover a Circus at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and at the downtown Guggenheim Museum, and will be issued as a DVD on Mode Records in the Spring of 2006. Her experimental films have been selected to be preserved and housed by the American Academy of Film in Los Angeles.
She has extensive production and post-production television credits. She has worked for HBO, Bravo, A&E, WNET, Channel 4 and more. She was the executive producer of HERE! Family , a television series about gay, lesbian and transgender families, currently being broadcast on the HERE! Network, and coming out in 2006 on DVD. She produced the biography of Stockard Channing for Bravo, and produced and developed a one hour weekly series " ID: It's Dance !" an issue based weekly dance/talk show for WWOR. She was the post supervisor for Michael Moore's The Awful Truth ,
185 a weekly series for Bravo Channel and Britain's Channel 4 in the U.K..
She began her career in radio as producer of the KPFK series, "Richland Woman." From there she segued into creating film titles and opticals, leading to special effects with Lucasfilm on Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back - specializing in sparks, matte work, and swords . Friedman continued in post-production working on such notable features as Ragtime , Days of Heaven , and Hair. She was also the producer of the feature film Alphabet City , and co-produced the recently released Blockbuster films Wolves of Wall Street , and A Good Night To Die among others.
Friedman's documentary credits include: Producer of Paradise with a Waiting List: the Redwood War, a high definition documentary feature film currently in post production;
The Music In You , for Mattel Entertainment Corp. released worldwide on DVD, " Pearl Harbor: A Time to Remember which aired on PBS and Art and Remembrance for German Television ZDF.
She was appointed Assistant Director of Film, for the New York Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting serving during the Koch administration, and was a liaison between the film community and all of New York City.
Faculty, School of Visual Arts, NYC 2007 Faculty, Montclair State University, NJ 2007
Panelist, Symposium 'Seeing Double," Guggenheim Museum, May 2004
New York University film School (numerous times); guest lecture, moderated seminars in new technology, National Film School, Sydney Australia 1995, sponsored by the USIA ; Sydney Institute of Technology, Sarah Lawrence College; Staten Island community College; Mount St-Antonio College; visiting Artist Series, Cal State Dominguez Hills, San Francisco Art Institute, Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art Speakers' Series, Women Filmmakers , part-time lecturer, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles (1975-77)
SCREENINGS, EXHIBITIONS OF VIDEO AND FILM ARTWORKS INCLUDE :
UCLA special screening, David James, lecturer, "Bertha's Children" 2005, "Making of Americans" Poetry and Film Festival, San Francisco, 2004, Guggenheim Museum 2004, Anthology Film Archives, NY 2004, Jewish Museum, Whitney Biennial 1987, Walker Art Center, Minn, The Kitchen, NYC, Long Beach Museum, Long Beach CA, FILMEX, London International festival of avant-garde cinema' special invitation, solo evening, Edinburgh Film Festival, solo evening, Wellington Film Festival, special invitation, Pasadena Museum of Modern Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Amerika Haus, Berlin, Eastern European tour for USIA (Warsaw, Krakow, Lisbon, Malta); Light show Hollywood Bowl, Institutes Beaux Arts, Paris, and more.
Board of Directors, Iota Fund. Supports abstract film and other media.
New York Women In Film.
Member, Television Academy of Arts and Sciences
Founding member and fundraiser, Black Maria, Inc., a not-for-profit media production company.
M.F.A., Film, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles
B.A., English and Intermedia, SUNY Buffalo
Filmography available upon request.