Ann Marie Fleming has been making work about family, history and memory for almost 25 years. She works in animation, documentary and dramatic genres and in short and feature length formats, and across all platforms. Being mixed race, of Chinese and European heritage, using humour as a tool, Ann Marie has made issues of hybridity, diaspora and cross-cultural and inter-generational understanding from a feminist perspective part of almost everything she does. Moderated by NFB producer Michael Fukushima, join the conversation as Fleming discusses her body of work, including her latest feature, Window Horses.
Ann Marie Fleming has been a fixture on the Canadian filmmaking scene for over 25 years. In 2003, Reel Asian closed the festival with The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, a personal film about Fleming’s great-grandfather, a Chinese vaudeville magician who toured the world in the early 1900s. She later adapted the film into a graphic novel, which won the Doug Wright Best Canadian Comic Award and was nominated for two Eisner Awards.
A few years later, Fleming established the inaugural Animasian Award at Reel Asian, building the ever-growing animation community in Canada. The festival has been proud to follow Fleming over the years, with her body of work primarily focused on themes of family, history, and memory. Born in Okinawa and of Chinese and Australian parentage, Fleming calls Canada her home, and through her films she embraces her collected experiences of identity in a continuing media critique.