COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL (Remastered) - Now Available on Blu Ray!

Now available on blu ray, COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL is a funny, smart, eye-popping history that finally gives comic books the respect they deserve.

See Marvel master Stan Lee bring Spiderman's money worries to life!
Hear underground artist Robert Crumb confess why he killed Fritz the Cat!
Wonder at congressional hearings from the 1950s "proving" the link between comic book and juvenile delinquency!

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A film by Ron Mann
Year of production: 1989 - Remastered 2012
Running Time: 85 Minutes
Language: English
Country: Canada

SPECIAL FEATURES
Over 40 minutes of never-before-seen out-take footage including: Sergio Aragones, Carl Barks, Robert & Sophie Crumb, Jules Feiffer, Drew Friedman, Dave Gibbons, Archie Goodwin, Harvey Kurtzman, Caryn Leschen, Lee Mars, Paul Mavrides, Diane Noomin Gary Panter, Harvey Pekar, Trina Robbins, Gilbert Shelton, Julius Schwartz, Bill Sienkiewicz, Ron Turner, Robert Williams, S. Glay Wilson, Al Williamson.


Plus!

- Introduction by Kevin Smith
- Interview with Ron Mann
- Original theatrical trailer
- Original comic book promo comic
- The Balloon Pops: Comic Book Confidential by Geoff Pevere

Now available for purchase at DVDSWELIKE.COM.

LUNARCY! A film by Simon Ennis - World Premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

July 31. 2012 – Citizen Jones and filmswelike are pleased to announce today that Lunarcy!, a film by Simon Ennis, will have its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

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With wry humor and affection, Lunarcy! tells the story of a disparate group of dreamers and schemers and who share one thing in common, they’ve all devoted their lives to the Moon. From the former ventriloquist who’s made millions selling Moon lots, to the young man who’s resolved to leave for Luna (permanently), Lunarcy! is a fascinating portrait of passion, obsession and quixotic dreams.

“I am unbelievably excited to be back at TIFF,” says director Ennis. “I’ve been seeing movies at the festival since high school -- before I was legally allowed in! It’s been a huge part of my personal film education and being able to launch my new feature here is an absolute thrill.”

“We discovered some truly unforgettable characters during the making of this film,” adds producer Jonas Bell Pasht, who previously produced Ennis’ feature comedy You Might As Well Live. “And we’re really excited to be bringing them to the big screen.”

To make Lunarcy!, Ennis followed the film’s eccentric subjects around North America as they pursued their various lunar goals; from Moon rituals in Brooklyn to Lunar laser shows in San Antonio, from the world’s largest science fiction convention to a dusty space port in deep in the Mojave Desert. Along the way the film took an unlikely turn as Ennis’ focus began to shift away from the Moon itself and towards each of his subject’s unique, personal, and often hilarious relationship with it. What started out as a movie about the history of the Moon became something much more -- a look at passion, obsession and what makes us human.

Lunarcy! is a Citizen Jones production and a filmswelike release, directed by Simon Ennis and produced by Jonas Bell Pasht. Ron Mann executive produces, as well as Jonah Bekhor from Citizen Jones.

About Simon Ennis: Ennis’ first feature, the dark comedy “You Might As Well Live”, premiered at the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival where it won the Dos Equis Most Interesting Film Award. The Globe and Mail called YMAWL “rude and crude but also very funny”, Variety called it “a promising first feature” and Ain’t It Cool News praised it for “making me gut laugh, which most comedies can’t”. His previous comedy shorts, The Waldo Cumberbund Story, The Canadian Shield and Up In Cottage Country all premiered at TIFF.

About Jonas Bell Pasht: Bell Pasht’s producing credits include the upcoming Stage Fright (starring Meat Loaf) for Serendipity Point Films and Ennis’ You Might As Well Live. He is repped by CAA.

About filmswelike: Founded by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann, filmswelike is a boutique distributor of documentary, independent and international films in Canada.

To download press notes and images go to: filmswelike.com/films/lunarcy

Running time: 80 Minutes


Media Contact: Virginia Kelly, Meghan Parnell / V Kelly & Associates - info@vkpr.ca, 416-466-9799


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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.


For more information visit Biografilm!

Photo credit: James Kachan

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…

Read More via the Poetry Foundation

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.