CAT Chats- Documentary Filmmaking with Chad Freidrichs

CAT Chats- Documentary Filmmaking with Chad Freidrichs

Chad Freidrichs has been creating quality work in the film and television industry for over a decade. He has previously worked as the senior creative services producer at KMIZ-TV in Columbia, where he was an Addy Award-winning commercial producer.

Freidrichs has produced three feature-length documentary films. His first, Jandek on Corwood, traces the cult following of underground musician Jandek, was self-distributed to festivals and commercial venues in more than 70 cities worldwide and received national critical attention. In 2004, Jandek on Corwood was awarded Best Documentary by the Raindance Film Festival in London and was broadcast nationally in Canada on the Independent Film Channel.

First Impersonator, a documentary about presidential lookalikes the troubled life of JFK impersonator Vaughn Mader, was completed in 2007 and received the Best Feature-Length Film prize at the 2008 Kansas City Jubilee Film Festival.

Freidrichs’ most recent project, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, a documentary feature about the notorious St. Louis public-housing complex Pruitt-Igoe, is currently being theatrically distributed by First Run Features. It co-premiered in February 2011 at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana and the Oxford Film Festival in Mississippi, where it won the best feature documentary award. It has since played at over thirty film festivals, including the Los Angeles Film Festival, True/False Film Festival, Silverdocs, Full Frame Documentary Festival and BAFICI in Argentina. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth received the International Documentary Association’s 2011 ABCNEWS VideoSource award for archival footage usage and the American Historical Association’s prestigious 2012 O’Conner Film Award for outstanding interpretation of history.

Freidrichs is currently working on a science-themed archival documentary.

Moderated by Kerri Yost.
Produced with financial assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a State agency.