Sarah Friedland


Public bio

Sarah Friedland received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and the International School of Film and Television in Cuba and her MFA from the Integrated Media Art Program at Hunter College. Her documentary films and installations are concerned with personal stories that reveal larger histories and intricacies about place and society. Friedland’s works with Esy Casey have screened widely in the US and abroad and have been supported by grants from the Jerome Foundation, the Paul Newman Foundation, the William H. Prusoff Foundation, The Princess Grace Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Center for Asian American Media. In 2009, after the debut of her feature documentary Thing With No Name, she was named one of the “Top 10 Independent Filmmakers to Watch” by the Independent Magazine. She is a recipient of the 2014 Paul Robeson award from the Newark Museum for her feature documentary The Rink, which is slotted to screen on PBS- NJTV/WNET in winter 2016. Her recent documentary Jeepney (directed by Esy Casey produced by Esy Casey and Sarah Friedland) was broadcast on PBS World Channel in Spring 2015. She is a 2014 LABA House of Study fellow and is currently working on two projects: Here After (with Esy Casey), a feature documentary about the way America memorializes its dead; and 5 x Lydda, a documentary video installation. As an editor Friedland has worked on Free to Fly/US CUBA Link by the award winning director Estella Bravo, The Emmy Nominated film The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo by Amy Stechler, Memory is Lazy and Commie Camp by Katie Halper, and Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger  by Sam Feder. Her work can be seen online at Filmmaker Magazine, Al Jazeera +, Art Asia Pacific Magazine, LABA Journal and GRITtv. Friedland is currently a professor at Wagner College and the Director of their Film and Media Studies Major.