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Left-Handed Memories

Left-Handed Memories

Films by Shellie Fleming

This program of readings and short films pays tribute to longtime School of the Art Institute professor Shellie Fleming, who died in December 2013. The four films—Left-Handed Memories (1989), Private Property (Public Domain) (1991), Devotio Moderna (1993), and Life/Expectancy (1999)—show a strong poetic sensibility, interweaving intimate observations and numerous film and literary references. Fleming develops a personal visual language through repetition of particular allusions and imagery (seashells are one motif); her collagelike superimpositions often communicate the same inward-looking wonder as Joseph Cornell's boxes. The approach proves especially affecting in Life/Expectancy, whose voice-over (by Fleming's partner, Zack Stiglicz) combines narrative fragments about a solitary woman and excerpts from books on psychology to create a sense of everyday melancholy.

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