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

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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

Ron Mann is one of “10 FILMMAKERS IN WHISTLER'S SPOTLIGHT”

To commemorate Whistler’s 10th Anniversary, the festival will be featuring 10 Filmmakers who inspire through their art, embody important voices in the Canadian cinematic landscape and are shining examples of what we want the Whistler Film Festival to be all about.

The 2010 Filmmakers in the Spotlight inlude...

Ron Mann, documentary filmmaker, filmswelike, Toronto
Daniel Cross, documentary filmmaker, EyeSteelFilm, Montreal
Luc Dery, producer, micro_scope inc., Montreal
Atom Egoyan, film director, Toronto
Julia Kwan, film director, Vancouver
Bruce McDonald, film director, Toronto
Tygh Runyan, actor, Vancouver
Jacob Tierney, actor, film director and screenwriter, Montreal
Elizabeth Yake, film producer, True West Films Ltd., Toronto
John Zaritsky, executive producer and director, Point Grey Pictures Inc., Vancouver

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BlogTO Q&A with Ron Mann


Ron Mann said a couple years ago: "Eric Dolphy once said that when you hear music through the air it's gone, and you can never capture it again. So, if all this culture in the air was ephemeral, I started to think if I didn't document it then it would be like it never happened, and it would just disappear."

This quote applies not only to his fantastic jazz movie Imagine the Sound (1981) which he was referring to, but to basically every other cultural movement or figure he's covered.

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SXSW 2001 - Video Bumpers by Ron Mann

We’ve just found some old SXSW video bumpers that played the festival in 2001 in our archive.

Watch them here and enjoy!

Cinefest Sudbury honours filmmaker RON MANN, "Tribute Canadiana"

Cinefest Sudbury honours filmmaker RON MANN with a retrospective of his works.

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Flak - Tuesday, September 22, 4:00pm
Ron Mann, Canada, 1976, 30 Minutes
Made by Ron Mann when he was only 16 years old, FLAK captures the apolitical spirit of the 1970s – a drastic change from the intense activism of the 1960s – by following a group of roommates as they wander the city, work, play street hockey, and sit around debating political change.



Echoes Without Saying - Tuesday, September 22, 4:00pm
Ron Mann, Canada, 1983, 28 Minutes
ECHOES WITHOUT SAYING celebrates the development of Coach House Press, an innovative Toronto-based publishing and printing house that since 1965 has produced distinctive and experimental books of poetry, fiction and visual art.



Dream Tower - Tuesday, September 22, 4:00pm
Ron Mann, Canada, 1994, 47 Minutes
Rochdale College was one of the most controversial experiments ever to have taken place in Canada. Intended to be a radical educational institution, Rochdale rapidly became a meeting place for North America’s burgeoning drug culture and a focal point for the best and worst dreams of the Canadian generation of baby boomers.


Grass - Monday, September 21, 3:30pm
Canada, 2001 80 Minutes
Ron Mann’s much-celebrated GRASS presents a humorous and surprisingly balanced history of recreational marijuana use. The most controversial drug of the twentieth century – smoked by generations of musicians, students and workers to little discernible ill effect – marijuanacontinues to be reviled by the vast majority of governments around the world. With a rueful yet incisive script, extraordinary production values, narration by Woody Harrelson and an impressive soundtrack featuring original songs by Mark Mothersbaugh, GRASS charts the terrible loss in imprisoned lives and billions of dollars wasted fighting a drug that refuses to go away.

Know Your Mushrooms - Sunday, September 20, 3:30pm
Canada, 2008 73 Minutes English
In Ron Mann’s latest feature documentary, we follow 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, along with animation and archival footage and 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...

Ron Mann Win's "Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts".

Ron Mann Win's "Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts".

KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS: Limited Special Edition Collector’s Box

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In celebration of the highly-anticipated release of Ron Mann’s latest film Know Your Mushrooms, comes a Limited Special Edition Collector’s Box.
 
For the first time in North America, a feature film is being released on a 4-gigabyte re-usable Mimobot(R) USB flash drive!
 
Ron Mann has always been on the cutting edge of film distribution. He worked with the Voyager Company, which pioneered CD-ROM production in the 1980s and early 1990s, and published The Criterion Collection, a pioneering home video collection of classic and important contemporary films. As digital technology began to revolutionize the film distribution model, Mann’s seminal documentary Poetry in Motion was one of the first films to be digitized with Quicktime.
 
“We fight piracy every day,” says Mann. “So we figured, why not cut out the middle-man (DVDs) and give the media-pirates exactly what they want? A movie as a digital download. DVD and Blu-Ray are simply optical disc storage. So why not use a Mimobot(R) flash drive? It’s more compact and you can re-use the stick after you transfer the film to a hard drive device.”
 
In a revolutionary move, Mann and his independent distribution company Filmswelike are releasing Know Your Mushrooms on commercial DVD as well as a Special Edition Collector’s Box.
 
  • a Mushroom-themed 4 GB reusable USB flash drive (plugs into your computer’s USB port) Portable, re-usable and great for storage!
  • Flash drive contains the feature film Know Your Mushrooms, Formatted for Mac and PC. AppleTV and iPod. Quicktime 7 required.
  • Dried Alaska Morel mushrooms hand-picked by the film’s star, Larry Evans, the “Indiana Jones of Mushrooms”
  • A booklet with an original essay about the film by Canadian film critic, Jennie Punter
  • Packaged in a hand-crafted collectable wooden box
 
Spread the Spores!
Coming August 2009

Ron Mann Finalist for "Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts"

The Ontario Arts Council nominates Ron for the "Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts"

“This year’s finalists for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts showcase the enormous impact artists have on our province’s economy, and our quality of life. Our artists help us exchange ideas, images, stories and experiences that are uniquely Canadian.” - Culture Minister Aileen Carroll

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Ron Mann’s “Know Your Mushrooms” selected for SXSW 2009

We're elated to announce Canadian director Ron Mann’s “Know Your Mushrooms” is selected for the 2009 SXSW Film Festival.

Every March, thousands of film fans, industry and press descend on Austin, TX for the SXSW Film Festival for the very best of international independent cinema, essential docs and cutting-edge storytelling. Over 9 days, from March 13-21, 108 features, including 54 world premieres, will screen over various sections and sidebars.

Know Your Mushrooms is one of three films to represent Canada, along with RIP a remix manifesto and Iron Maiden: Flight 666.

Mann’s mushroom doc, a surprise critical hit, is currently playing in movie theaters across Canada.

For more information contact :
Nancy Yu nancy@vkpr.com

Know Your Mushrooms

filmswelike presents
Opening Night Co-Presented by Hot Docs

KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS
A film by RON MANN
 
Opens in Toronto at The Royal on Friday, January 30, 2009

 
From the award winning director of Comic Book Confidential, Grass, Go Further and a host of paradigm-shifting films reappraising the backwaters of popular culture, Ron Mann investigates the miraculous, near-secret world of fungi with his newest piece of cinema, Know Your Mushrooms.



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