"Ron Mann is ...one of the most cinematic and enjoyable documentary filmmakers that has ever served the medium" - Ain't It Cool
RON MANN (Long Bio)
Toronto filmmaker Ron Mann is one of Canada's foremost documentary filmmakers. Mann established his international reputation while in his twenties with a series of award-winning theatrical documentaries.
His first feature, Imagine the Sound (1981) (Best Documentary, Chicago Film Festival) brings together, in interviews and performance, the prime innovators of the once-controversial free jazz movement of the 60's.
Poetry in Motion (1982) (Best Documentary, Chicago Film Festival) continues the tradition with a frenetically paced performance marathon of 24 talents of the contemporary poetry scene, including such alternative cultural luminaries as Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs and John Cage.
Third in the series, Comic Book Confidential (1988) (Genie: Best Feature Length Documentary; Blue Ribbon Award: American Film and Video Awards, 1989 Sundance Grand Jury Prize Nominee) combines a history of the comic book with a look at the work of 23 of the art form's most respected practitioners, including Will Eisner, Bill Gaines, Lynda Barry and Robert Crumb.
Twist (1992) mixes interviews with rare, and often hilarious, archival footage to chronicle the evolution of rock and roll dance. More than just a "rockumentary", "Twist" is ultimately a movie about the changes experienced by the baby-boom generation.
Dream Tower (1994) a portrait of Toronto's infamous Rochdale College: an experimental living environment that came to symbolize the best and the worst of what the 60's had to offer.
Grass (1999) (Genie Award: Best Documentary) presents a humorous and surprisingly balanced history of recreational marijuana use in the late 20th century.
Go Further (2003) follows actor and activist Woody Harrelson as he takes to the open road on his "Simple Organic Living Tour". Go Further was first runner-up for the People’s Choice Award at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.
Blue Rodeo in Stereovision (2006) (Juno Awards: Best Music DVD) originated as a TV special celebrating 20 years of Canada’s foremost roots-rock band Blue Rodeo, featuring a reunion concert with the original 5 members (Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor, Bazil Donovan, Bob Wiseman and Cleave Anderson). The special also includes historic performances and Sweet Soul Music: an appreciation written by Paul Quarrington, two brand new acoustic songs and some burning Snowmen!
Tales of the Rat Fink (2006) is a wildly inventive bio about Renaissance man Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, who engineered a shift in mid-twentieth century culture with his customized cars, “monster” T-shirts and “Rat Fink”.
Know Your Mushrooms (2008), a feature documentary that 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 wild mushrooms and the deeper cultural experiences attached to the mysterious fungi.
In the Wake of the Flood (2010), is a television documentary that follows Margaret Atwood on her international book tour to celebrate the publication of her dystopian novel, The Year of the Flood and to protect migratory birds.
Ron is in currently in pre-production on his newest film Altman (2013), a feature length documentary based on the life and art of Robert Altman, whose half century career reinvented not only what a movie might be but how we might view ourselves. Ron has also acted as executive producer on the documentaries Brakhage (1998), Examined Life (2008), Mighty Uke (2010), and Lunarcy! (2012) as well as the television series Pure Pwnage (2010).
In 2002, Ron also founded FILMS WE LIKE, a boutique distributor of documentary, independent and international films in Canada. Beginning with Sam Green and Bill Siegel's The Weather Underground (2002), Films We Like has released over 160 films including, most recently, Miguel Gomes award-winning Tabu (2012).