a film by Ron Mann
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ALTMAN is a feature length theatrical documentary based on the life and art of film director ROBERT ALTMAN, whose half century career reinvented not only what a movie might be but how we might view ourselves.
From M*A*S*H to A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, Robert Altman's naturalistic and prophetic movies reinterpreted every conceivable genre to chronicle a post-war America in transition.
Robert Altman’s extraordinary life — from growing up in Depression-era Kansas City to his receiving, in 2006, an honorary Oscar “in recognition of a career that has repeatedly reinvented the art form and inspired filmmakers and audiences alike” — will be woven together from interviews with key actors, his collaborators and family members, along with archival footage of Altman himself and clips from his groundbreaking films.
In keeping with Altman's improvisational process and unconventional style, the film will break away from the standard documentary norm to reveal a behind-the-scenes of the making of the documentary itself.
ALTMAN will be produced and directed by RON MANN for his Canadian production company SPHINX PRODUCTIONS. For over 30 years, Sphinx has produced award-winning feature documentaries focusing on contributors to our cultural history. Consultants to the production include KATHRYN REED ALTMAN, widow of Robert Altman, and MATTHEW SEIG, film producer who worked closely with Robert Altman.