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ALTMAN
Directed by Ron Mann
Ron Mann's new documentary "ALTMAN" is an in-depth look at the life and times of filmmaker Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player, Gosford Park and many more).

While refusing to bow down to Hollywood's conventions, or its executives, Altman's unique style of filmmaking won him friends and enemies, earned him world-wide praise, and occasionally scathing criticism, and proved that it IS possible to make truly independent films.

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ALTMAN (The Book)
Authors: By Kathryn Reed Altman and Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan. Introduction by Martin Scorsese.
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For decades, Robert Altman fascinated audiences with pioneering films—among them M*A*S*H, Nashville, and Gosford Park—that combined technical innovation with subversive, satirical humor and impassioned political engage­ment. Altman, a visual survey of this quintessentially American artist, brims with photographs and ephemera from Altman’s archive. His widow, Kathryn, contributes recollections of family life, while film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan places Altman in the context of the public intellectual. Featured are contributions from Altman’s collaborators and contemporaries, including Frank Barhydt, E. L. Doctorow, Roger Ebert, Jules Feiffer, Julian Fellowes, James Franco, Tess Gallagher, Pauline Kael, Garrison Keillor, Michael Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Alan Rudolph, Michael Tolkin, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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MERMAIDS
Directed by Ali Weinstein
Executive Producer Ron Mann
Producer Caitlin Durlak
Mermaids is a lyrical documentary about the allure and transformative power of the universal myth. The film is guided by women (and men) who have experienced very deep connections with their inner sirens, and who beckon us into their underwater worlds...

For as long as we can remember, we have been enchanted by legends of women of the deep. From the three-thousand-year-old Assyrian figure of Atargatis to the Mami Wata water spirits of West Africa to the naiads and sirens of Ancient Greece, mermaids have always figured prominently in our collective global mythologies. Yet, today, with help from the internet, a new mer-craze is brewing around North America and beyond.

Mermaids will explore several story lines from the ancient to the present day, and from the deeply spiritual to the light-hearted. Through the film, we embark on a voyage across the ever more popular mermaid schools, meet ups, and conventions around the world, and deep into ancient lore where mermaids have long played the role of both fertility goddesses and deadly sirens. The film follows the stories of several present day characters who allow us into their mer-worlds and help us address some of the questions of transformation and escape that are inherent in the myth: What do these various global mythologies have in common? Why do so many people dream of inhabiting another body and immersing themselves in an utterly different world? And why is it that we continue, much like an untold history of sailors, writers, and dreamers past, to yearn to hear the voices of the mermaids singing?

Mermaids is rooted in our common human fascination with water, femininity, and a yearning to transform into our innermost pictures of ourselves.

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AL PURDY WAS HERE
Directed by Brian Johnson
Executive Producer Ron Mann
Al Purdy Was Here is the story of a crusade to revive the legacy of an iconic Canadian poet. It revolves around a fundraising campaign to restore Al Purdy’s A-frame house on Roblin Lake in Ontario’s Prince Edward County, and make it a writing retreat for young poets. Built by Purdy and his wife with salvaged materials in 1957, the A-frame was a mecca for the pioneers of CanLit, including Margaret Lawrence, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje. Now, 14 years after the poet’s death, as a new generation discovers his work, Al’s modest cabin becomes an unlikely beacon for a creative renaissance.

Purdy has been variously called the last, best and most Canadian poet. We learn how this Trenton high-school dropout, who hopped freights during the Depression and worked at mattress factories, forced himself to be a poet—writing bad verse for two decades before finding his voice at the A-Frame. Saving a ramshackle cottage built on a bog seems a quixotic enterprise.

But with the triumph of The Al Purdy Show, a star-studded benefit at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, it becomes clear that there’s more to the crusade than preserving a literary landmark. It’s generating its own art, from a new play about Purdy’s formative years to The Al Purdy Songbook, a benefit album featuring artists such as Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn and Sarah Harmer. The film’s ultimate focus is not on a dead poet, but on the living characters bound up in his legacy—from Al’s 90-year-old widow, Eurithe, who watches the restoration with an unrelenting eye, to the A-Frame’s first resident poet, a vivacious young feminist who finds herself strangely falling for the old-school male whose secrets lie buried in its walls.

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HADWIN'S JUDGEMENT
Directed by Sasha Snow
Produced by Elizabeth Yake
Executive Produced by Ron Mann
Executive produced by Ron Mann, Sasha Snow's "HADWIN'S JUDGEMENT" is an environmental thriller set in the wilderrness of Canada’s Pacific North West. This is the true story of two men who dared to challenge the destruction of the world’s last great temperate rainforest – Grant Hadwin and Herb Hammond. But while one man’s story stands as a beacon of hope for the future, the other’s ended in madness and self-destruction.

Grant Hadwin was transformed from expert logger to environmental terrorist. Driven by anger and despair, he committed an act of shocking destruction, felling North America’s most sacred tree, the ‘Golden Spruce’, before disappearing in a mysterious kayaking accident.

Both men played out the conflict between ‘progress’ and environmental ‘protection’ in their own psyches. Their journeys starkly capture the essence of the contradiction facing us all, and their legacies challenge us to wonder what sacrifices we are prepared to make.

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SHORT FILMS BY RON MANN

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FILMS WE LIKE
In 2002, Ron also founded FILMS WE LIKE, a boutique distributor of documentary, independent and international films in Canada. Beginning with Sam Green and Bill Siegel's The Weather Underground (2002), Films We Like has released over 263 films and counting.

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