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Hide and Seek

1996

Produced by Eva Kolodner and Katie Roumel. Written by Su Friedrich and Cathy Nan Quinlan. Cinematography by Jim Denault. Production design by Debbie Devilla. Edited by Su Friedrich. Sound edited by Juan Carlos Martinez.

Produced with funding from ITVS, the NEA, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

16mm, b&w
63 minutes

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Hide and Seek is a daring exploration into wild, uncharted territory--lesbian adolescence in the 1960's. Lou is a 12 year old girl who daydreams in a tree house, tries not to watch a sex education film, wins a rock throwing contest, and is horrified to discover that her best friend is taking an interest in earrings and boys. Interwoven with Lou's story are the mostly hilarious, sometimes painful recollections of adult lesbians who try to figure out how they ever got from there to here. Completing the picture are clips from a wide array of old scientific and educational films which blend seamlessly with the beautiful black and white images of Lou's world. Hide and Seek is for every woman who's been to a slumber party and every man who wonders what went on at one.

"Hide and Seek is rueful, funny, multifaceted and sharply intelligent."
—Stuart Klawans, THE NATION

"Hide and Seek is one of the most piquant memory films I know, at once roiling with the tenderness and cruelty of adolescence and marbled by the wisdom of age."
—Scott Foundas, LA WEEKLY

"Hide and Seek is A Girl's Own Story for lesbians. Friedrich has woven a rich and provocative tapestry that assaults complacent assumptions about pubescent desire and lesbian identity, all the while raising important questions about the representation of racial and sexual fantasy life. [The film is] thoroughly engaging from beginning to end."
—Yvonne Rainer

Selected Film Festival Screenings and Awards:
OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: OutFest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival '97
BEST NARRATIVE FILM: Athens International Film and Video Festival
SPECIAL JURY AWARD: The New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
JUROR'S CHOICE: Charlotte Film Festival
HONORABLE MENTION: Image Film and Video Festival
Sundance Film Festival; Berlin International Film Festival; Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco; Women In the Director's Chair, Chicago; Inside Out Festival, Toronto; Umea Film Festival, Sweden; Melbourne Film Festival, Australia; Seoul Queer Film and Video Festival, Korea; MIX Festival, Brazil; ; Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Japan; SXSW Film Festival, Texas; Dublin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Ireland

 

 

 

 

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