Sarah Friedland is a filmmaker and choreographer who works at the intersection of moving images and moving bodies. Her narrative shorts and experimental dance films have screened in festivals including the New Orleans Film Festival, Cucalorus, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, at dozens of screendance festivals in the US and abroad and have been featured on PBS' Channel Thirteen and as a Vimeo "Music Video We Love." Her choreography has been presented at Dixon Place, WestFest Dance at Martha Graham Studio, Gibney Dance, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Earthdance. Her work has been supported by grants and residencies including the Dance Films Association, The Bellwether, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts/NEA, and Berlinale Talents where she was one of 10 selected screenwriter/directors for the 2017 Script Station/Project Lab. Sarah is a recent graduate of Brown University where she studied in the department of Modern Culture and Media and graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Weston Award for excellence in filmmaking.︎ She started her career working in NYC as an assistant, script coordinator, and researcher for filmmakers including Steve McQueen, Mike S. Ryan, Kelly Reichardt, and the team behind HBO's GIRLS. Sarah has worked on collaborative research and writing projects with media theorists Wendy Chun on slut-shaming and new media leaks, published in differences|journal of feminist cultural studies, with Erin Brannigan on the dancing body on film, and most recently published an essay in the International Journal of Screendance on gesture and film genre.
She is currently an artist-in-residence at Fabrica, a creative research center in Treviso, Italy.