Manor, The Directed
Shawney Cohen Canada / 2013 / 79 minutes US Premiere
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Shawney Cohen
For his bar mitzvah, filmmaker Shawney Cohen asked for a set of hockey pads. His father bought him a lap dance instead. Since the family owns a strip club, he surely got a discount.
In the tradition of Grey Gardens, The Manor is an unblinking yet compassionate portrait of a family and its demons. Father Roger weighs almost 400 pounds. Mother Brenda weighs only 85 pounds. Brother Sammy revels in the strip club culture. Filmmaker Shawney wants to try and figure out where his family lost its way...and what, if anything, they can do about it. The Cohen's lifestyles are financed by the business of sex steeped with alcohol and drugs. They are corroded by the same forces that sustain them. Is change possible?
Always honest, and at times sad, funny and surreal, The Manor depicts a unique family that is, somehow, just like the rest of us. –Eliza Kunkel
Shawney Cohen is a Toronto-based filmmaker who also manages his father's strip club. Shawney started his career in computer animation and his work has appeared in dozens of major motion pictures. In 2009, Shawney shot and directed the award-nominated short documentary "Tagged" which he produced with the National Film Board of Canada and TVO. “The Manor” is Shawney's feature directing debut and was selected as the official opening night film at the 20th anniversary edition of Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival. In July 2013, Shawney was awarded the documentary special mention jury prize at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
Executive Producer(s): Paul Scherzer, Laurie Gwen Shapiro
Producer(s): Paul Scherzer
Director(s): Shawney Cohen
Cinematographer(s): Christopher Mably, Mike Gallay
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