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Director Don Owen dies

Acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Don Owen has died, aged 84.
The acclaimed filmmaker passed away on Sunday (21Feb16) in Toronto, and Claude Joli-Coeur, the government film commissioner and National Film Board of Canada chairman, has confirmed his passing in a statement which reads: “I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing, but immensely grateful for Don’s rich artistic legacy, which will live on in trailblazing works of Canadian cinema.”
Considered a film pioneer in Canada, Owen found success in the 1960s by directing groundbreaking films that featured youth rebellion, such as The Ernie Game and 1964’s Nobody Waved Good-bye, which received the Robert J. Flaherty Award for best non-fiction film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
His documentaries were also highly regarded, most notably 1965 film Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen, which introduced the legendary troubadour to international audiences.
Owen was a feature filmmaker for the National Film Board of Canada, and had worked with the agency for over five decades.

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