Hide and Seek

Lou, a girl figuring out her sexuality, describes growing up in a world where you think everyone else is straight and they assume you are.

PBS Plus Presentation
Premiere Date
June 1, 1997
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    1997 New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival-Special Jury Prize
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    1997 Athens International Film and Video Festival-Best Narrative Film
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    1997 Charlotte Film and Video Festival-Juror's Choice
  • Producer

    Su Friedrich

    Su Friedrich began filmmaking in 1978 and has produced and directed 18 16mm films and videos, including From the Ground Up (2007), Seeing Red (2005), The Head of a Pin (2004), The Odds of Recovery (2002), Hide and Seek (1996), Rules of the Road (1993), First Comes Love (1991), Sink or Swim (1990), Damned If You Don't (1987), The Ties That Bind (1984), and Gently Down the Stream Show more (1981). Her films have won many awards, including the Grand Prix at the Melbourne Film Festival and Outstanding Documentary at Outfest. Friedrich is the writer, cinematographer, director and editor of all her films, with the exception of Hide and Seek, which was co-written by Cathy Quinlan and shot by Jim Denault. She teaches film & video production at Princeton University. Show less

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    The Film

    Combining interviews, vintage school hygiene films, popular TV, and dramatic narratives, this anything-but-typical coming-of-age story plunges into the adolescent experiences of young Lou, a 12-year-old girl figuring out her sexuality in the 1960s. Interwoven with Lou’s story are the mostly hilarious, sometimes painful recollections of adult lesbians who try to figure out how they ever got from there to here. Ultimately, Hide and Seek explores the ramifications of growing up in a world where you think everyone else is straight, and they assume you are.