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

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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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Video profile featuring RON MANN on his distribution company Films We Like



The Seventh Art: Issue 1, Section 1. A profile on the distribution company filmwelike where we talk to its founder, documentary filmmaker Ron Mann.

The Seventh Art is an independently produced video magazine about cinema with three sections: a brief profile on an interesting group/company/organization in the industry, a video essay and a long-form interview with a filmmaker.

MARCIA RESNICK'S BAD BOYS - Now Online!

Now available ! “Marcia Resnick’s Bad Boys” (1985) Ron Mann's short film focuses on New York photographer Marcia Resnick and her male subjects.

Resnick is irreverent in her narration, and her portrait gallery made up of celebrities and nobodies is quotidian, ridiculous, and titillating in turn. A uniquely straightforward expression of the female gaze.

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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Ron Mann & Catherine Tait Exec Produce LUNARCY

Ron Mann & Catherine Tait team up to executive produce LUNARCY by Simon Ennis.

What do you see when you look at the Moon? A man? A toad? A business opportunity? An outpost for future space exploration or the portent of all that’s sinister? The cure for our energy needs or the next vacation hot spot?
 
LUNARCY! is an out-of-this-world look at the past, present and future of humanity’s always fascinating, and often bizarre and hilarious, obsession with the Moon. From scholars to space tourists, billionaire entrepreneurs to fashion designers, science fiction folk singers to Saturday scientists, this film will spotlight an unforgettable group of geniuses, mystics, con men, academics, obsessives and oddballs.
 
With a sense of both wonder and humour, this funny, illuminating and irreverent documentary will explore all these aspects of this otherworldly subject. It will engage humanity’s enduring lunar obsession, delving equally into the ridiculous and the sublime.

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...

Now in development with Margaret Atwood, "In the Wake of the Flood"

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Now in development with Margaret Atwood. “In the Wake of the Flood"  a literary event with music. Up on the roof with Margaret Atwood, filming an interview being filmed by Reuters. (Photo credit : Leslie HIlls, London).

Watch the video teaser/ more info!

For more info on Atwood's tour see
yearoftheflood.com.

Pure Pwnage: Showcase Annoucement Video

Pure Pwnage is based on the hit web series on www.purepwnage.com which receives over 10,000 unique visitors a day. This site has an incredible fan base who have been following the antics of Jeremy for over 4 years.

The series is written by Jarett Cale, Geoff Lapaire and Mark Steinberg with showrunner Derek Harvey (Testees and The Tom Green Show).

Exectutive produced by Catherine Tait and Ron Mann.

Link to announcement on Showcase’s blog.