Poetry In Motion

Ron Mann's films honoured at the 2012 Biografilm Festival, Bologna


The films of Ron Mann are being honoured at the 2012 Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy as part of a special curated programme “Don't Say No: the Films of Ron Mann”.

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COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL (sabato. 16 giugno - ore 17:30, Cinema Lumière - sala Officinema / Mastroianni)
Comic Book Confidential. Is a feature-length documentary that profiles twenty-two of the most significant artists and writers working in comic books, graphic novels and strip-art in North America today. In an entertaining and informative combination of interviews, historical footage and state-of-the-art animation techniques, Comic Book Confidential provides a positive answer to that burning existential question of the late twentieth century first posed by Zippy the Pinhead: “ Are we having fun yet?”

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GRASS (martedì. 12 giugno - ore 22:30, Cinema Odeon - sala A)
Grass. Ron Mann’s much-anticipated documentary presents a humorous and surprisingly balanced history of recreational marijuana use in the late 20th Century. Those who remain pure will see the degradation you’ve been missing. Those who have succumbed to temptation will learn how a nice person like yourself became a dangerous criminal. Marijuana is the most controversial drug of the 20th Century. Smoked by generations of musicians, students and workers to little discernible ill effect, it continues to be reviled by the vast majority of governments around the World. With his new film, Grass, veteran filmer Ron Mann brings his impeccable historical facility and story telling skills to recount how a relatively harmless drug has been demonized for decades.

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KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS (lunedì. 11 giugno - ore 22:30, Cinema Lumière - sala Officinema / Mastroianni)
Know You Mushrooms. Follows uber myco visionaries Gary Lincoff and Larry Evans (two of the more expert and unforgettably mercurial characters in the community) as they lead us on a hunt for the wild mushroom and the deeper cultural experiences attached to the mysterious fungi. Combining material filmed at the Telluride Mushroom Fest with animation and archival footage along with a neo-psychedelic soundtrack by the Flaming Lips, KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS opens the doors to perception, takes the audience on a longer, stranger trip and delivers them to a brave new world where the fungi might well guide humanity to a saner, safer place... with extra cheese...

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POETRY IN MOTION (sabato. 16 giugno - ore 21:30, Cinema Lumière - sala Scorsese)
Poetry in Motion. Called the “Woodstock of Poetry”, by American Film, and “Dazzling” by the Los Angeles Times, POETRY IN MOTION is an unprecedented anthology of twenty-four leading North American poets who sing, chant, anything but “read” their work. The result is a celebration of poetry’s ancient oral tradition. And an energetic demonstration that verse is alive and thriving in the media-blitzed age.

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Photo credit: James Kachan

An Interview with Ron Mann on his 1982 film POETRY IN MOTION

To say that Poetry in Motion, Ron Mann’s 1982 documentary, is the greatest poetry documentary of all time doesn’t really quite give the film its due. Thirty years on, the film still holds up as an anthology and time capsule, one that’s on a par with or even surpasses its print inspiration, Donald Allen’s New American Poetry: 1945-1960. It arrived in theaters and video stores at a time when poetry was reasserting itself as an oral and performance-based art, a synthesis of previous countercultural movements with free jazz, punk rock, and theater of cruelty cabaret…

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