Breaking Down

Jessica Lea Fleming | Music Video
Canada | 2019 | 4 min

Friday, October 25, 2019 | 9:00pm
The Cursed Harp
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

Breaking Down celebrates the power of metamorphosis and the journey of an evolving artist.


Jessica Lea Fleming is of Métis and Scottish ancestry, from Penetanguishene, Ontario. She is an award-winning filmmaker, published poet, producer and performer based in Hamilton. Jessica works in theatre, film and multi-disciplinary mediums as a means of exploring her Indigenous identity, traditional Métis practices, land-based knowledge and the Divine Feminine.

Currently, Jessica is co-directing a new theatre piece with Signal Theatre and co-creating theatre piece See the Circus with Sundown Theatre. Jessica has directed for TV Series AMPLIFY on APTN, as well as music videos for artists Celeigh Cardinal and iskwe. She is currently developing The Properties of Spirit, a multi-media poetry-performance, retracing her Indigenous lineage and journey into self and motherhood.

Jessica’s work has been featured at festivals and events such as Native Earth Performing Arts’ Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival (2014, 2018), Buddies in Bad Times’ Building Reciprocity (2017), the Indigenous Writers Gathering (2016), Skábmagovat Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary Spotlight on North America (2017) and the Santa Fe Film Festival where her debut short film scales won Best Native Narrative Short Film (2017). Jessica has programmed for the Regent Park Film Festival (2016), and been a member of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival’s Awards Jury (2017). In 2015 she was a featured Leader for the Ontario Ministry on the Status of Women and in 2017 she was one twenty Invited Contributors to the 20th Canadian Arts Summit.