Director Ron Mann and Kathryn Reed Altman to appear at the Ross
calendar icon01 Oct 2014
Opening at The Ross on Friday, Oct. 24, Ron Mann's new documentary ALTMAN is an in-depth look at the life and times of filmmaker Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player, Gosford Park, and many more).
ALTMAN director Ron Mann and Kathryn Reed Altman, Robert Altman’s widow, will both appear at the Oct. 24 7:30 p.m. screening for a Q&A with their audience.
"ALTMAN gives due credit to an inspired and prodigious maverick while also showing how often reckless good luck guided his peripatetic way."—Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It's a tribute to Mann's film that it leads you from Altman's life back to his films, and makes you want to see them anew."—Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
While refusing to bow down to Hollywood's conventions, or its executives, Altman's unique style of filmmaking won him friends and enemies, earned him world-wide praise and occasionally scathing criticism, and proved that it IS possible to make truly independent films.
With its use of rare interviews, representative film clips, archival images, and musings from his family and most recognizable collaborators, Mannʼs ALTMAN is a dynamic and heartfelt mediation on an artist whose expression, passion and appetite knew few bounds.
Canadian filmmaker and producer Mann is renowned for his genre-bending approach to documentary cinema that explores art forms and contemporary popular culture with vision and verve. From jazz (Imagine the Sound, 1981), spoken word (Poetry in Motion, 1982), comics (Comic Book Confidential, 1988), dance (Twist, 1992), marijuana (Grass, 1999), car culture (Tales of the Rat Fink, 2006), and fungus (Know Your Mushrooms, 2009), Mann’s films invoke the ethos and spirit of his subjects in resonant and contemporary ways. Mann has visited Lincoln to show his movies at The Ross several time in the past.
A partner and collaborator in every sense, Kathryn Reed Altman is Robert Altman’s widow and mother to two of his sons, Robert Reed Altman and Matthew Altman. They met in 1959 when he was directing an episode of the television series Whirlybirds, in which she had been cast. She was deeply involved with every one of his projects thereafter.
ALTMAN is showing at Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 24 through Thursday, Oct. 30. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at (402) 472-5353.
This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Ron Mann and Kathryn Altman’s appearance is made possible by the Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase fund.