Four Documentaries by Ron Mann

Four Documentaries by Ron Mann

5 Episodes

Essential records of North America’s pop-culture underground, the documentaries of Ron Mann are deep dives into some of the most vital and often overlooked artistic movements of the twentieth century. Finding offbeat inspiration in the creativity that flourishes outside the mainstream, he has chronicled everything from free jazz and a popular fifties dance craze to modern poetry and comic books, along the way capturing invaluable interviews with cult luminaries like musicians Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp, writers William S. Burroughs and Charles Bukowski, and cartoonists Jack Kirby and Robert Crumb. Made in the same outsider spirit as the subjects he chronicles, Mann’s films are engagingly idiosyncratic odes to iconoclasts and visionaries bold enough to follow their own muses.

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Four Documentaries by Ron Mann
  • Ron Mann Interview

    Episode 1

    This new interview with filmmaker Ron Mann was recorded in 2020.

  • Imagine the Sound

    Episode 2

    Directed by Ron Mann • 1981 • Canada

    The first feature documentary by counterculture chronicler Ron Mann is an eloquent tribute to a group of highly celebrated artists who helped forge the once-controversial free jazz movement of the 1960s. Bringing together interviews with and performances by l...

  • Poetry in Motion

    Episode 3

    Directed by Ron Mann • 1982 • Canada

    POETRY IN MOTION is an unprecedented anthology of twenty-four leading North American poets who sing, chant, and anything but “read” their work in an energetic celebration of the form’s oral tradition that spans from the Beat Generation to the 1980s downtown N...

  • Comic Book Confidential

    Episode 4

    Directed by Ron Mann • 1988 • Canada

    Director Ron Mann dives deep into the history of one of the twentieth century’s most popular yet least respected art forms: the comic book. Profiling twenty-two of North America’s most significant artists working in the medium, this entertaining documentary t...

  • Twist

    Episode 5

    Directed by Ron Mann • 1992 • Canada

    Combining rare and often hilarious archival footage with engaging interviews, this documentary chronicles the evolution of the titular postwar rock ’n' roll dance craze that took America by storm. Featuring singers and musicians who helped define the phenomen...