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Sphinx Productions

Works: 18 works in 127 publications in 1 language and 2,281 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 754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examined Life takes philosophy out of the darkened corners of academia and into the hustle and bustle of the everyday, a visual reminder that great ideas are born through profound engagement with the world around us. The "rock star" philosophers of our time take walks through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas
Comic book confidential by Ron Mann( Visual )

25 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combines historical footage, interviews, animation, and live action to trace the history of comic books from 1933 to 1988. Twenty-two significant comic artists and writers are discussed: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Al Feldstein, Shary Flenniken, William M. Gaines, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernandez, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Paul Mavrides, Frank Miller, Victor Moscoro, Francoise Mouly, Dan O'Neill, Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Shelton, Spain, Art Spiegelman
Poetry in motion by Ron Mann( Visual )

15 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 359 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
Brakhage( Visual )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stan Brakhage, possibly the most important filmmaker of the avant-garde, has consistently 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 )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 177 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 166 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 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life of artist and automobile designer, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth
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

In I Miss the Sun filmmaker Mary Halawani profiles her grandmother Rosette Hakim, who left Egypt for the United States in 1962. The Halawanis, a prominent Egyptian-Jewish family, fled their homeland in 1959 when Egyptian anti-Zionist sentiments increased and when hundreds of Jews, suspected of pro-Communist activities were interned in detention camps. Rosette, the family matriarch, chose to remain in Egypt until every member of the large family was free to leave. Using the Passover seder as a backdrop, Rosette (who now lives in Brooklyn) discusses life in Egypt and the contrasts between the values and textures of life there and in America
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
Go further( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows actor Woody Harrelson as he takes a small group of friends on a bio-fueled bus-ride down the Pacific Coast Highway, with the goal of showing the people they encounter that there are viable alternatives to our habitual, environmentally-destructive behaviours
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
Altman( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 4 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
The New cinema( Visual )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The process of making a film, from original conception to distribution, is explored in interviews with twenty of the world's most adventurous and prolific independent filmmakers. Examines the pain and practicalities of independent filmmaking, how these filmmakers view their work and their place in the world, and how their ideas and thematics give meaning to the term, new cinema. Includes excerpts from their films
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 long before the art world thrust them into international prominence. At this exciting and pivotal moment, de Antonio filmed and interviewed the painters informally in their studios. Artists interviewed include 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
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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