"Ron Mann is ...one of the most cinematic and enjoyable documentary filmmakers that has ever served the medium"
- Ain't It Cool News
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.
Altman (2014), is a feature length bio-pic on the life and art of American film director Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, McCabe &
Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player, Gosford Park).
Ron’s newest film Carmine Street Guitars (2018) captures five days in the life of the storied Greenwich Village guitar shop Carmine Street Guitars,
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). Ron is executive producer for the upcoming Hadwin's Judgement by Sasha Snow, Al Purdy Was Here by Brian Johnson, N.I.A. by Charles Officer, Mermaids (2016) by Ali Weinstein and I Called Him Morgan (2016) by Kasper Collin.
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 260 films and counting.
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, including Imagine the Sound (1981), Poetry in Motion (1982), Comic Book Confidential (1988), Twist (1992), and Grass (1999). Ron’s other films include Go Further (2003), Tales of the Rat Fink (2006), Know Your Mushrooms (2008), In the Wake of the Flood (2010), Altman (2014) and Carmine Street Guitars (2018). Ron has also acted as executive producer on the documentaries Brakhage (1998), Examined Life (2008), Mighty Uke (2010), Lunarcy! (2012), Mermaids (2016) I Called Him Morgan (2016) 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 300 films and counting.
FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARIES
|CARMINE STREET GUITARS||Director/Producer||2018||82 min||Colour|
|ALTMAN||Director/Producer||2014||92 min||Colour/ B&W|
|KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS||Director/Producer||2008||75 min||Colour/ B&W|
|TALES OF THE RAT FINK||Director/Producer||2006||80 min||Colour/ B&W|
|GO FURTHER||Director/Producer||2003||80 min||Colour|
|GRASS||Director/Producer||1999||80 min||Colour/ B&W|
|TWIST||Director/Producer||1992||80 min||Colour/ B&W|
|COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL||Director/Producer||1998||90 min||Colour/ B&W|
|POETRY IN MOTION||Director/Producer||1982||90 min||Colour|
|IMAGINE THE SOUND||Director/Producer||1981||90 min||Colour|
FEATURE LENGTH DRAMA
|LISTEN TO THE CITY||Director/Producer||1984||77 min||Colour|
|IN THE WAKE OF THE FLOOD||Director/Producer||2010||48 min||Colour|
|BLUE RODEO IN STEREOVISION||Director/Producer||2005||45 min||Colour|
|THE FIFTIES (ESP: THE BEAT)||Director||1998||48 min||Colour/ B&W|
|DREAM TOWER||Director/Producer||1994||47 min||Colour|
|SXSW X 8||Director/ Producer||2001||8 min||Colour|
|MARCIA RESNICK'S BAD BOYS||Director/ Producer||1985||5 min||Colour|
|ECHOES WITHOUT SAYING||Director/ Producer||1983||28 min||Colour|
|FEELS SO GOOD||Co-Director/ Producer||1980||5 min||Colour|
|SSSSHH...!||Director/ Producer||1980||3 min||Colour|
|THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN||Co-Director/ Producer||1979||8 min||Colour|
|DEPOT||Co-Director/ Producer||1978||5 min||Colour|
|FLAK||Director/ Producer||1976||56 min||B&W|
|MERMAIDS||Executive Producer||2016||90 min||Colour|
|I CALLED HIM MORGAN||Executive Producer||2016||90 min||Colour/ B&W|
|HADWIN'S JUDGEMENT||Executive Producer||2016||90 min||Colour|
|AL PURDY WAS HERE||Executive Producer||2015||90 min||Colour/ B&W|
|LUNARCY!||Executive Producer||2012||90 min||Colour|
|PURE PWNAGE||Executive Producer||2010||8 x 30 min||Colour|
|MIGHTY UKE||Executive Producer||2010||79 min||Colour|
|PILGRIMAGE||Executive Producer||2009||90 min||Colour|
|EXAMINED LIFE||Executive Producer||2008||90 min||Colour|
|BRAKHAGE||Executive Producer||1998||72 min||Colour/ B&W|
|SPECIAL OF THE DAY||Executive Producer||1989||27 min||Colour|
|THE NEW CINEMA||Executive Producer||1983||100 min||Colour|
|ELECTONIC PRESS KIT|
|MAKING LEGAL EAGLES||Director||1986||Colour|
|MIGHTY DARK TO TRAVEL||Diector/ Producer||2005||Colour|
|THIS WEEK ON MOVIES||Executive Producer||2012||10 x 10||Colour|