I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors is director Ann Marie Fleming's
animated adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein's acclaimed illustrated memoir.
Using the healing power of humour, the film probes the taboos around a very
particular 20th century trauma, leading us to a more universal understanding
of human experience.
Ann Marie Fleming is an award-winning Canadian independent filmmaker, writer and artist, born in Okinawa, of Chinese and Australian parentage. Her film work, which incorporates various techniques: animation, documentary, experimental, dramatic, deals primarily with themes of family, history and memory, in a continuing media critique.
In 2011 Ann Marie interpreted "Gluttony" for a series on the seven deadly sins. In 2010, she completed a PSA on atrial fibrilosis for the heart & stroke foundation. Also in 2010 Ann Marie directed an adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein's illustrated memoir, I Was A Child of Holocaust Survivors, with the Toronto and Montreal offices of the NFB. For this production she is being honored with TheWIFTS Foundation Best Short Film 2011 Award.
In 2009, Fleming created a little animated web-series for Discovery USA's Planetgreen.com called My Place, in which Stickgirl tries her best to come up with Green solutions to everyday problems. Ann Marie has also produced a segment for the CBC's Definitely Not the Opera's website, interpreting a segment of the life and times of Sook-Yin Lee. In 2008, she completed a 5-minute animated film called Running (heart body mind spirit) starring her avatar, Stickgirl. It was commissioned by the Victoria Film Festival as part of the Victoria Symphony's Reel Music a competition for composers across Canada to score to new work. Running was screened with the Festival's live 80-piece symphony orchestra in January, and the winning composer was Maxime Goulet, who just won the 2011 SOCAN young composers competition for the same score. In 2008, Fleming also finished an animated karaoke video interpreting the Fleetwood Mac song, Landslide, premiered at the Reel Asian Film Festival in Toronto this Fall.
Her graphic novel, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (adapted from her same-named documentary film), was published in September of 2007. It has been listed on the American Library Association's 10 Best Graphic Novels for Teens as well as winning rave reviews from a variety of critical sources. It was nominated for two Eisner Awards and won the Doug Wright Best Book Award for graphic novels in Canada.
In 2007, she also made M.O.O.D. (My Obscure Object of Desire) as part of Bravo!'s series of cell-phone films. It premiered at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, and was awarded an International Emmy for best multi-platform programming. In 2005, she finished two projects, Room 710, an animated short revolving around a murder witness, and The French Guy, a feature length dark comedy.
In 2003, she finished The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam a multi-award-winning animated documentary that chronicles the life and times of her great grandfather, a traveling Chinese vaudevillian acrobat and magician. In 2002, she created the inspirational Blue Skies, a reaction to the events of 9/11, and a riff on events in Long Tack Sam's life, as well. It won best Canadian Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, has played on screens from India to Iran, and has been televised in Canada, the US and China. In 2001, Ann Marie completed a 45-minute animated film about a female lipless detective.
Ann Marie also had a solo multi-media show at the Richmond Art Gallery which explored the many-layered themes of Lip Service and featured rugs by Ontario rug-hooking artists. These works, along with Fleming's digital film, Aguas de Marco, will be part of the 85 Years of Emily Carr Alumni show. She was presented the Vancouver Arts Award for Media Arts for her contribution to the community.
Currently Ann Marie is working on Shanghai Follies, a dramatic script of the life and loves of her great grandfather, BIG TREES, an animated musical about real estate in vancovuer, and Window Horses, a feature-length animated father-daughter story involving poetry and immigrants that takes place in Shiraz, Iran.