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Sphinx Productions

Works: 18 works in 123 publications in 1 language and 2,245 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Interviews  Nonfiction films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Folklore  Identification guides  Biographical films  Instructional television programs 
Classifications: PN1997, 113.8
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Most widely held works by Sphinx Productions
Examined life by Astra Taylor( Visual )

27 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examined Life takes philosophy into the hustle and bustle of the everyday. The "rock star" philosophers of our time take "walks" through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas. These places include crowded city streets, deserted alleyways, Central Park, and a garbage dump
Poetry in motion by Ron Mann( Visual )

15 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A performance film of contemporary poets which celebrates poetry's ancient oral tradition. Here twenty-four leading North American poets sing, chant and read from their own works
Comic book confidential by Ron Mann( Visual )

24 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at comic books as subversive art (wartime propaganda notwithstanding) from the 1930s to 1980s. Includes interviews with major comic artists, such as Will Eisner, who read excerpts from their work, accompanied by popular musicof the time, and intercut with newsreel footage from the 1950s calling for the banning and
Brakhage( Visual )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stan Brakhage, possibly the most important filmmaker of the avant-garde, has consistantly redefined the shape of film art. Using excerpts from Brakhage's films, interviews with Brakhage, his friends, family, colleagues and critics, and archival footage of Brakhage spanning the past thirty-five years, this film explores the depth and breadth of the filmmaker's genius and the influence his work has had on generations of other creators
Grass by Ron Mann( Visual )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Utilizing hilarious footage from U.S. Government propaganda films and eye-popping animation from underground artist Paul Mavrides, Grass blows the lid off the war on marijuana. Find out how a nice person like yourself became a dangerous criminal"--Container
Know your mushrooms( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follow myco visionaries Gary Lincoff and Larry Evans as they lead us on a hunt for the wild mushroom and the deeper cultural experiences attached to the mysterious fungi. Combines material filmed at the Telluride Mushroom Festival with animation and archival footage
Tales of the Rat Fink( Visual )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life of artist and automobile designer, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth
Twist by Ron Mann( Visual )

3 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary about the dance craze popularized by Chubby Checker features interviews with and performances by Checker, Hank Ballard, Smokey Robinson and The Isley Bros
In the wake of the flood( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rendered as a fly-on-the-wall cinéma vérité, this documentary follows Canadian author Margaret Atwood as she sets out on the eve of her 70th birthday on an international tour criss-crossing the British Isles and North America to celebrate the publication of her new dystopian novel, The year of the flood. Rather than mount a traditional tour to promote the book's publication, Atwood conceives and executes something far more ambitious and revelatory, a theatrical version of her novel. Along the way she reinvents what a book tour could, and maybe should be
I miss the sun( Visual )

5 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life of a Jewish-Egyptian grandmother who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and preserves her culture's values in spite of being forced out of her country
Imagine the sound( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imagine the Sound brings together interviews and performances with the prime innovators of the once controversial free jazz movement of the 60s. The first feature documentary by Ron Mann (Grass, Comicbook Confidential) is an eloquent tribute to a group of highly celebrated artists that helped forge the avant-garde jazz of the 1960s. Critic and film historian Jonathan Rosenbaum has said Imagine the Sound "may be the best documentary on free jazz that we have." The film features articulate interviews and dramatic performances by pianists Cecil Taylor and Paul Bley, tenor saxophone Archie Shepp, and trumpet player Bill Dixon
Dream tower( Visual )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rochdale College was one of the most controversial experiments ever to have taken place in Canada. Set up as a combined free university and student residence, the eighteen-storey building in downtown Toronto opened in the fall of 1968--at the height of the hippie boom. What was intended to be a radical educational institution rapidly became a meeting place for North America's burgeoning drug culture. With artists and educators jousting for position with motorcycle gangs and dealers in the same high-rise, Rochdale became a focal point for the best and worst dreams of the Canadian generation of baby boomers
Echoes wthout saying.( Visual )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Echoes without saying is a half hour documentary on the Coach House Press, an innovative Toronto-based publishing and printing house that since 1965 has produced distinctive and experimental books of fiction, poetry and visual art
Painters painting : a candid history of the New York art scene, 1940-1970 by Emile De Antonio( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emile de Antonio was a close friend to many New York painters who later went on to become famous. He filmed and interviewed them informally in their studios. Artists included are Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jules Olitski, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, Larry Poons, Phillip Pavia, and Hans Hoffman
Altman( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a career spanning nearly 50 years, director Robert Altman always refused to follow Hollywood conventions, imposing his own unique style which earned him the status of auteur. While his stubbornness antagonized some, it also granted him worldwide praise and introduced the expression "Altmanesque" as a cinematic style emphasizing dark humor, iconoclastic characters and chaotic choreography with overlapping dialog. Through rare interviews, clips from significant films, archival footage and comments from his collaborators and family members, this study of a passionate and sincere artist reveals the ups and downs of a life lived without compromise
Flak( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"In 1970s Toronto, a group of young men living in the shadows of a gypsum plant discuss the political options available to average citizens in post-1960s world. To combat the befouling of their air, some advocate for 'proper channels,' others for bombs. Through raw, 16mm black-and-white footage of heated arguments, distractions and daily routines, and with a mournful soundtrack, Mann gives us a portrait of political frustration from 30 years ago which looks eerily like a cross-section of the same attitudes and issues that fuel today's headlines." -- container
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