Sarah Friedland

2020 | 00:16:44 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | 4K video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Crime or Violence, Dance, Ritual, War, Youth/Childhood

Drills is a film about the choreography of preparing for the future. A hybrid documentary and experimental dance film reimagining the form of the Cold War-era, US government-produced social guidance film, Drills asks what futures we are preparing for through the exercises embodying present anxieties. Weaving in between multiple forms of choreography and documentation, Drills restages lockdown and active shooter drills, frames corporate and tech start-up office meditation, and reperforms Boy Scout drills from the 1917 Boy Scout manual.

This title is also available as part the Movement Exercises trilogy.

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Prizes + Awards

Film House Award for Visionary Filmmaking at Athens International Film and Video Festival


New York Film Festival, Currents
New York, NY

Exhibitions + Festivals

Museum of Modern Art, New York

New Orleans Film Festival, Louisiana

Prismatic Ground, New York

Hartnett Gallery (solo show), Rochester, New York

ICDOCS, Iowa City, Iowa

Full Frame Film Festival, Durham, North Carolina

Pleasure Dome, Toronto, Canada

Related Titles

Home Exercises
Trust Exercises
Movement Exercises