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A Tribute to Ron Mann

Since the early 1980s, Mann has been a gentle godfather to young Toronto filmmakers, serving as a role model with his own works, or starting them on their careers. His latest project: serving as executive producer of Brakhage, made by first-time director, Jim Shedden. The HFA tribute includes three splendid Mann written and-directed feature documentaries. He is currently completing a documentary called Grass, on the faltering history of marijuana legislation in the USA, narrated by Woody Harrelson.

Ron Mann will introduce all three screenings.


June 26 (Saturday) 7:45 pm

Comic Book Confidential

Directed by Ron Mann
Canada 1989, 90 min.

Using a combination of interviews, historic footage, and state-of-the-art animation techniques, Mann traces the origins and progress of the comic book medium and profiles R. Crumb, Lynda Barry, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, William Gaines, Bill Griffith, and 16 more of the most significant artists working in the pre-Dilbert era.

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June 26 (Saturday) 10 pm

Twist

Directed by Ron Mann
Canada 1992, color, 16mm, 78 min.

The sensational cultural history of the Kennedy-era dance song, with on-camera interviews with the two musicians (Hank Ballard, Chubby Checker) who each claim to have recorded the authentic version, and talks with nice-guy Joey Dee whose "Peppermint Twist" was the signature song of the Peppermint Lounge, the Studio 54 of its day.

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June 28 (Monday) 7:00 pm

Imagine the Sound

Directed by Ron Mann
Canada 1981, color, 16mm, 92 min.
With Taylor, Shepp, Dixon, Bley

An exuberant profile of four legendary figures associated with the jazz avant-garde of the 1960s— Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Bill Dixon, and Paul Bley. Shepp speaks of Malcolm X and Coltrane, Bley and Dixon discuss jazz and dance, Taylor talks his own poetry. "The best documentary on free jazz that we have"-critic Jonathan Rosenbaum.

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