Director Bio and Filmography
Director Chad Freidrichs has worked for four years to complete The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History, his third feature film. The historical nature of this film allowed Chad to spend hours digging around in archives and finding ways to transfer old 16mm films, experiences that he hopes he can apply to future films. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth also gave Chad the opportunity to meet wonderful scholars and, of course, the kind and insightful former residents of the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex, without whom this film could not have been made. After so much time devoted to researching, writing, shooting, editing, and mixing, Chad is excited to share this film with audiences.
Chad has been working as an independent filmmaker for over a decade. His previous feature-length documentaries are Jandek on Corwood, a film tracing the cult following of the underground musician Jandek, and First Impersonator, a look at the world of presidential look-alikes and the troubled life of JFK impersonator Vaughn Meader. Chad’s documentaries have played at film festivals around the world, including South By Southwest, Silverdocs, and Full Frame. Chad also recently completed the narrative short Red Cloud, a cold-war sci-fi thriller. Chad teaches film and video courses in the Digital Filmmaking program at Stephens College.