Ann Marie Fleming • an independent Canadian filmmaker, writer and artist, • born in Okinawa (琉球), • of Chinese and Australian parentage.
Ann Marie Fleming: Subjects • Gender Issues: • Gender Difference, “AMF’s Tiresias” • Women’s Experience of violence, • the Life of an Artist (stickgirl) • Desire, Life and Survival • Personal Memories “pioneers of x-ray technology”; “waving”
“Waving” • With a nod to Stevie Smith's poem: "i wasn't waving, but drowning," a woman recalls the intense, complex relationship she shared with her grandmother.
“Waving” • How are the grandmother and granddaughter related to each other? What does “swimming” mean in this film?
“Waving”: grandmother • Grandmother grandfather: does not sleep with him for thirty years; “What do you want out of my young life?” • Childhood: 1) learning to swim; 2) Lonely little girl 現衡量距我迷失之測量單位離那寂寞小女孩有多久遠; 醫生建議我離開祖母代代相傳的神經緊張 • Adulthood -- She does not like any of my friends; she likes everything I do; • She does not do anything but . . . • She froze; drowning.
“Waving” • “swimming”— • Father: 把她丟進水裡; 這是學會的唯一方法 • Afloat in the water of eternity with memories:潛入似永恆之水裡, 唯有乘著漲滿的翅膀浮上水面 • Amniotic water: bonding between the two.
Pioneers of X-Ray Technology: according to AMF • Originally interested in combining a documentation of Dr. To's achievements with the larger theme of the voyeuristic aspects of the medium, I find myself now making a film about the relationship between Grandpa and me. • . . . all he is giving me is fragments. • It's like you need X-ray vision to see what's really going on inside.
Pioneers of X-Ray Technology: according to AMF • How is this grandfather presented? Accomplished? Scatter-brained? • Why is the interview scene intersected with the scenes of Ann Marie as a baby? • What are the functions of the inserted words? • What are the central motifs in this film?
Achievements • Fragments: -- not answering the question about nude women; -- At 17, got his car; interested in cars and cylinders; AMF’s car bought by him -- the war; the immigrants; -- the father; -- attracted to big buildings
Family: “Pioneers” • The narrator: Looking for grandmother + adding her own images, with her mother’s voice?
Achievements and Family • But all I could see was granny, mum, and me blowing kisses
Achievements and Family • Respect and Acknowledgment of his aging.
AMF’s Tiresias • Where do we see that it’s a personal revision of Tiresias? • What do you think about Fleming’s self-image (as a stickgirl)? How are men and women presented? • How are the different social roles presented through Tiresias’ sex change?
Culture Jam • Batman-inspired Jack Napier of the Billboard Liberation Front, • Disney arch-enemy Reverend Billy from the Church of Stop Shopping and Media • Tigress Carly Stasko.
BLF • "As always, the alterations were done using paper and rubber cement which can be peeled off the billboard without damaging the original advertisement."
examples • HITS HAPPEN -- NEW X-100 • SHIT HAPPENS -- NEW EXXON