A MAGICAL FICTIONAL FEATURE FILM based on THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LONG TACK SAM
by Ann Marie Fleming
Surrealist elements blend with history in this story of love conquers all:
In 1908, Long Tack Sam, a Chinese globe-hopping vaudevillian acrobat and magician marries Poldi Roessler, a shop girl from a small Austrian town who becomes his partner in the circus; in a difficult time for crossing borders and mixing races, they mount their cosmopolitan variety show featuring their two beautiful daughters, Mee-na and Nee-sa, to wild success—until 1932 when they come up to Vancouver, and it all comes tumbling down.
script under construction!
To watch the multi-award-winning documentary “The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam”:
stream it or order the DVD at the NFB site: https://www.nfb.ca/film/the_magical_life_of_long_tack_sam/
to read the Eisner Nominated Graphic Novel (winner of the Doug Wright Award for Best Canadian Comic 2007), order it on Amazon: https://www.nfb.ca/film/the_magical_life_of_long_tack_sam/
Watch “Blue Skies” 7 min. (2002)
a short, poetic, live-action piece - my reaction to the events of 9-11- inspired by the life of long tack sam
I spent a lot of years researching the life of Long Tack Sam, my great grandfather, for the documentary- which is a hybrid of interviews, archival material and animation. Here’s a site where I tried elicit help for research, in the early days of the internet:-) www.longtacksam.com