October 4, 1973 |
|Occupation||Film director, visual artist, researcher, writer|
Sandy Amerio (born October 4, 1973) is a film director, visual artist, researcher and writer.
Sandy Amerio studied video at the école supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole (1996 to 1999) and film directing at Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts Contemporains (2000 to 2002). She currently lives and works in Berlin and Paris.
In her first movie Surfing on (our) History (2000), Amerio confronts her family with its own image. The film develops contemporary drama themes such as the loss of grip on History. Sandy Amerio "gives a very clever answer to the question often asked in the documentary: is my life a novel?"
Her second movie Waiting Time /Romania (2001) also features non actors playing their own role, this time in Romania.
In 2004 Sandy Amerio introduces business storytelling concept in France with her film Hear me, children-yet-to-be-born (2004) featuring Nancye Ferguson, James C.Burns (and Black Sifichi as voice-over) in a Death Valley corporate tale. In this movie, a manager tells to a fictitious assembly a story that arrived to him during his last business trip in the Dead Sea with the aim of lay the employees who listen to him off. Amerio cuts deep into the heartless cost-benefit analysis of corporate storytelling, and her experimental approach pays off as "it will stick in the brain long after the latest Hollywood blockbuster is forgotten." She writes her first book on business storytelling including texts of considered American storytellers like Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Doug Stevenson and Diana Hartley.
Between 2008 and 2010 she works with the French writer Patrick Bouvet on the reading/audiovisual performance Wandering Souls. Mixing poetical texts, graphic works and music, Sandy Amerio and Patrick Bouvet revisit how the United States constructed interior and exterior enemies, browsing through History, from the Second World War to the present day, from horror films to amateur videos.
Sandy Amerio works also on stage acting her own texts accompanied with the experimental musician Jean-Marc Montera (Director of the GRIM in Marseille). An album called L'Hôtesse has been published in 2011.
Between 2010 and 2012 Sandy Amerio was asked by the école supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole to join the group of research F For Real to investigate on Reality and Fiction concepts. Sandy Amerio inititates Restage Replay Reload creation process, with the Japanese WWII reenactor Hiroki Nakazato. She directs and edits the movie DRAGOONED, a documentary on hard core reenactment practice, presented at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival (Forum Expanded).
Sandy Amerio is a film director and visual artist. With an anthropological approach and through narratives, she confronts contemporary society to the aesthetic codes and issues that circulate within it, in order to analyze the deeply heterogeneous and violent nature of our realities.
- Annick Peigné-Giuly, "Docu de haute tenue", Libération, July 10, 2002
- Kevin Temple, "One freaky corporate fable", NOW, February 16–23, 2006
- Peter Goddard, French video changes the bottom line, Toronto Star, January 12, 2006
- Amerio, Sandy (2004). Storytelling, sensitive index for non representative agora. Paris: Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Espace Paul Ricard. ISBN 2-84056-168-9.