John Bright Mann
Film production, documentary film theory, experimental film theory
Office: 90 Gilman Hall
Phone: (410) 516-4738
John Bright Mann (producer/director/writer/composer) is the recipient of two NEA regional fellowships. His chief thematic concern in his work is a concept of home, begun with his dissertation, A Phenomenological Inquiry into a Concept of Home. His first documentary, Shelter: Conversations with Homeless Men, was shot in North Carolina and Kansas. He then produced and directed Nicodemus, a one-hour documentary on the only surviving African-American town from post-Civil War America, Nicodemus, Kansas. Following these, he produced and directed Locust Point, funded entirely by the Independent Television Service (ITVS.) Locust Point explores the memories of immigrant children who came to Baltimore in the early 1900's. The film includes reenactments as well as archival photographs. Locust Point was included in the mational series American Independents. His next film, Running to Keep from Falling, is a short experimental documentary utilizing telephone answering machines and automatic answering devices to investigate the loneliness associated with technological detachment. He is completing a short autobiographical film "if...then...". He is in preproduction for Dream Worlds, a documentary concerned with the notion of home and cultural displacement. In addition, Mann composed the soundtracks for his films and has composed and performed his music for several dance for the camera projects.