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Sunday, June 16
2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Landmark E-Street Cinema

555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

The Cinema Within


Chad Freidrichs


Chad Freidrichs, Jaime Freidrichs


Chad Freidrichs


Nikolay Zhukov, Kamau Bilal, Kevin Duggin, Chad Freidrichs

Why does the uniquely cinematic language of film editing work? In real life we don’t instantly jump from one viewpoint to another. Such a bizarre disruption would be nauseatingly jarring. And yet, film viewers effortlessly understand, and don’t even notice, most edits. This has led to the suspicion that film editing exploits some universal features of human perception – that a well-edited film is an illusion that mirrors our window upon the world.

Film editor Walter Murch, scholar David Bordwell and a handful of eminent psychologists present this compelling portrait of the profound “naturalness” of film editing. But in the remote mountains of Turkey, a budding researcher – alongside a group of people who have never seen films – puts this deepest of cinematic ideas to the test.

Director, The Cinema Within

Chad Freidrichs is an independent documentary filmmaker. Prior to The Cinema Within, he directed and produced four feature-length documentary films, including Jandek on Corwood (2003), The Experimental City (2017), and The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011). The Pruitt-Igoe Myth was acquired for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where a segment of the film was displayed in the museum’s galleries from 2019-2022.

Capable, resourceful, and independent, Freidrichs performs nearly every production task for his films. But he specializes in editing and the creative aspects of post-production, which he loves most of all.